Kenneth is a well known face in the Amsterdam nightlife scene, either working backstage as an Artist Handler or controlling the guestlist as a doorbitch at club Marktkantine yet also finding time to do some dancing at the occasional techno party. His presence is one you won’t easily overlook, both his lengthy model-esque stature and his genderfuck outfits see to that! Other fashion enthousiast might also know Kenneth from the runway, as he walked in several shows this season for HKU graduates such as Hedwig Vervoort.
P E R S O N A L S T Y L E
When I was really young I used to wear my moms lipstick, play with barbies and prance around the house in my mother’s heels. Looking back I realise how special it is to have a mother who never told me off about this, or pushed me to be more ‘boy-ish’. Then puberty hit and I stopped, instead always pretending to be way tougher than I actually was. I tried to hide the fact that I really enjoyed doing girl things, and also that I often found way more stuff to my liking at the womenswear than at the menswear department.
Now that I’m older, and a lot more self-assured & comfortable with myself as a person, I’m ready to embrace this side of me again. Not only for myself, but also to show that it’s perfectly fine for boys to wear garments from the womenswear line if they want to. This was not a overnight switch, rather a gradual transition. A little nail-polish at a festival, buying my first legging at Fusion, cutting old t-shirt up to a croptop. I don’t think wearing women’s garments makes me less of a boy. It’s something I used to hear people say a lot, and it made me quite insecure. Now it’s something that fuels my drive, gives me great power. Today I’m proud to be different from the rest, to stand out against the norm. Because let’s face it: ‘normal’ can be pretty boring!
V I E W O N F A S H I O N
This weekend I was at Awakenings Festival and a boy came up to me asked me if I was wearing a mens croptop. At first I thought he was trying to be funny but he was genuinely interested to hear the answer. It’s pretty weird that you won’t find a garment like croptops in any menswear department… why are croptops supposedly only for women?
Furthermore: who gets to decide this? Whenever I go shopping I visit both the womenswear and the menswear department. I enjoy combining garments from both divisions and mixing it up into one original outfit. This can be either a feminine look, which I’d rather wear to parties, festivals or other festive occasions, or a unisex / more boy-ish everyday look like the unicorn shirt + skinny jeans I’m wearing here.
My view on fashion: wear whatever you like most and stand up for who you truly are, without shame.
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