Barbette by Charles Gesmar - 1926
Barbette. 1926. Artist: Charles Gesmar (1900-1928).
One of the best known transvestite performers of the 1920s, Barbette (née Vander Clyde of Georgetown, Texas) began her career as a trapeze artist in traveling circuses. Once in Europe, she took to more opulent costumes and dance routines, always ending the performance by removing her blonde wig to reveal her gender (à la Victor/Victoria).
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