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Taking Flight: Ann Shares her First Experience Flying En Femme

By Ann M.

Last month, my client, Ann, traveled en femme via commercial airline for the first time. Here she shares her experiences and emotions, providing us with inspiration and insight into the life of a trans-woman.

The satisfaction of accomplishing a substantial personal goal, any nervousness about spending the next eight hours fully cross-dressed in public with no way to back out, or thoughts about my long term future were pushed out of mind by the absolute frustration of trying to get to Dulles airport during rush hour when accidents were tying up traffic in both directions.

The poor woman inside my GPS went into conniptions as I tried alternate routes, my ears straining for any helpful nuggets from the traffic reporters on the radio, and making abrupt turns when it looked like traffic was gridlocked ahead.  I never heard the word “recalculating” so many times.  The sweet, nice woman I feel that I am deep inside gave way and I drove like a suburban tiger mom trying to get her kids to soccer practice.

The reason for all this was that I was finally taking, for me, the big step of flying on a commercial flight as a woman.  I needed to travel for personal reasons and decided now was the time.  My journey across the transgender spectrum has been a series of baby steps, each building on the other.  Each time, as I have experimented with pushing the boundaries just a little further, I have found that I feel right when I let my femininity shine and I have been very pleasantly surprised by the many positive reactions I have received.  Each time has validated who I am and shattered my own limits and fears.

This time, I would be working without a safety net.  Once I checked my bag with my boy clothes, there would be no turning back.  I would have to wait in line, go through security, and sit next to whomever took the seat next to me on the flight.  While I expected things to go smoothly, my mind was filled with the “what ifs…”  I also entertained fantasies such as a cute guy sitting next to me who found me adorable, but I didn’t expect that to happen either.

Shopping, Accessories, and Makeup

To allay my fears, I prepared for my trip almost obsessively, as is my wont when trying something new to expand my boundaries.  I had bought a new foundation garment from Classic Curves International that gave me curves proportional to my body.  I happened to find a perfect top, bought three pairs of jeans before I was satisfied (checking to see what might show when bent over to take my shoes off at security) and searched for the right accessories.  I tried everything on to make sure I had my look down and carefully packed so I was sure I didn’t forget anything.

The last thing I wanted was to draw attention because of a makeup problem.  While I consider myself reasonably proficient at doing my own makeup, I didn’t want to take any chances, so I scheduled a make over with Beth Taylor before my flight.  I knew that not only would I leave her studio looking fabulous, but that with her warm, accepting personality and positive energy, I’d be feeling good inside as well as looking good outside.

I was a little behind schedule when I got there, so Beth got right to work. Don’t know about anyone else, but I find it so soothing and relaxing to have someone applying my makeup as I sit and chat.  It makes me feel like a model getting ready for a photo shoot.

The great thing about Beth is that she “gets” trans-women of all varieties.  She creates an absolutely safe space where one feels free to let down her guard and revel in all things feminine.  While her business is makeup, she really is a confidante, coach, friend, and advocate, who, oh by the way, can create the look you have always dreamed of but never thought possible.

Ticket Counter, TSA, and Airborne!

So what about the flight?

After I left Beth’s, feeling fantastic, and fighting the traffic, I made it to the airport with enough time that I wasn’t too stressed about making my flight.  I am quite tall, so I stand out in a crowd, and noticed I did get a few looks from passerbys, but for the most part everyone was wrapped up in their own business or didn’t notice me.

There turned out to be no line for the ticket counter, and I checked my bag.  I showed my ID, which has my male name and photo.  The woman at the counter said I might have a problem at security, but I told her I had looked up the TSA policy for transgendered passengers and had a letter from my therapist explaining why I was traveling as a woman.

The TSA screeners didn’t blink an eye.  I showed my boarding pass and ID at two checkpoints and was called “ma’am” in spite of what my ID said.  I did get a pat down after the scanner, and they didn’t even ask me if I wanted a male or female screener, they just sent me to a woman.

As I waited for my flight, I was struck by my lack of feelings about what I was doing.  Everything had been so routine, that it just seemed like any other commercial flight.  I sat in the waiting area feeling very ordinary and very comfortable. Since the flight was only about a quarter full, I had a row to myself and settled in to relax for the flight.  I had a glass (okay, a plastic cup) of wine, and was a bit surprised that the flight attendant never asked me to pay for the drink.

After we landed, I wanted to document my accomplishment, even though by that point I was wondering why I had thought it was such a big deal.  I asked the flight attendant to take my picture to which she enthusiastically agreed. She posed me in front of the Southwest Airlines logo on a bulkhead and took several photos.  We started chatting, and I told her that it was my first time flying en femme, to which she replied, “Now I’m really glad I didn’t charge you for the drink!”  All the other passengers had long since left, and the pilots looked like they were ready to leave, so the flight attendant wished me good luck on my journey to womanhood.

Hotel Room Reflections

I took the shuttle to my hotel and checked in, again showing my male ID, and again receiving nothing but respectful and empathetic courtesy from the clerk at the desk.  We chatted a bit, she told me about breakfast, and I found my room.  While it pained me to have to remove the beautiful makeup Beth had applied, it felt great to take off my wig, earrings, and all the other accouterments I use to tell the world that there is a girl under here.

As I lay in the bed, reflecting on my experience, I was struck by how underwhelming it had all been.  I was simply one woman among thousands of drivers that afternoon trying to get somewhere in the area with the second worst commute in the nation.  I was just another airline passenger going through the routine of boarding a commercial flight.  I was the glass of red wine in row 32, the lady going to the Quality Inn, the guest in room 231.  When my gender did come up as a result of my ID not matching my presentation it was treated as a minor discrepancy and quickly resolved.

I had spent weeks thinking about what I was going to do, planning, shopping and building my resolve to carry through with traveling as a woman, but afterwards, it seemed like a very ordinary, rather dull, exercise in getting from one city to another. And that was the most validating, wonderful experience I could have dreamt of.

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2014 in Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Book your Keystone Conference Makeover Now!

Elizabeth uses the new Smoke and Shimmer wand in Enchanted Mauve on Dawn's eyelids, the new Kohl Eyeliner in Mulberry Forest, a touch of black eyeliner, crystalline eye shadow, lash primer, and Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

Elizabeth uses the Smoke and Shimmer wand in Enchanted Mauve on Dawn’s eyelids, the Kohl Eyeliner in Mulberry Forest, a touch of black eyeliner, crystalline eye shadow, lash primer, and Lash Love Lengthening Mascara.

My Keystone Conference Makeover schedule is booking up for March 27-30!

I have four clients booked so far for makeup, photo shoots, and Total/Total Deluxe Makeovers! I still have openings for Makeup and Total/Total Deluxe Makeovers for Thursday from 5 pm on, Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and later, and Sunday morning. Yes, I will be traveling with my favorite wigs, outfits, shoes, and photography equipment so you can get all dolled up with a Total Makeover!

Pamper yourself and look your best for Saturday night’s gala and dance! I still have two to three makeup slots available for Saturday!

Available Appointments:

Thursday, March 27: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, March 29, 2:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 30, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Other Options:

Contact me at elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com if you’d like a makeover Wednesday evening or Thursday morning/afternoon. If there’s interest, I’ll look into arriving Wednesday instead of Thursday.

I have first-timers getting Total Makeovers from me while I’ll be at Keystone! If you’ve never dressed before, this is the perfect time to make her happen!

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Makeovers

 

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Aside

This weekend I’m off to Jen Bryant’s Raven 17: A Fantastic New World in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It will be my first time attending Raven, and I’ve heard it’s a fabulous party! I’ll be offering makeup makeovers and shape wear fittings in my room at the New Hope Lodge. On my down time, I’m hoping to check out the flourishing art scene in New Hope.

Contact me at elizabeth.taylor.makeover@gmail.com today if you’d like to book a makeover or shape wear fitting appointment. See you soon!

Raven 17: A Fantastic New World

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2013 in Corsets, Makeovers

 

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All eyes on Kim after her latest makeover with Elizabeth Taylor!

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Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Corsets, Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Tracy Shows off her Beauty!

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Tracy shows off her gorgeous figure after her makeover with Elizabeth Taylor. She is wearing a Slim Shaper with Straps and a Panty Reshaper to help create her hourglass figure and round derriere.

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Tracy’s looking a little sassy! She selected a smokey eye look using a violet storm cream eye shadow base, black pearl mineral eye shadow in the crease, and honey spice mineral eye shadow in the inner corner and highlight areas. Black eyeliner and two coats of mascara on curled eyelashes gave added depth to her smokey eye look.

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Tracy looks sensuous as she glances downward while playing with her hair. She chose firecracker red lipstick to match her blouse.

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Don’t you love how Tracy’s smile lights up her face? Tracy contoured her face with matte bronzer and matte and shimmer highlighting powders.

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Tracy shows off her beauty with a big smile that lights up her eyes. To get a super smooth finish on her skin, Tracy used liquid foundation followed by a mineral powder foundation. She set her look with translucent powder.

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Tracy shows off her long, slender legs and patent leather black shoes while enjoying the outdoors. All of Tracy’s clothing and accessories are from Elizabeth Taylor’s makeover studio

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Tracy is looking fabulous!

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I love Tracy’s confidence!

 

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Corsets, Images, Makeover Studio, Makeovers

 

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Paige @ Play: 1 Makeup Look, 3 Wigs, 3 Totally Different Girls!

Paige 3 Ways!

Paige arrives in drab awaiting the magic and transformation ahead!

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Paige loved the way the foundation made her face look lifted. This photo shows her with skincare on her whole face but foundation on only one side. Can you tell the difference?

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Paige is wearing an Ardyss Slim Shaper ($100) and Panty Reshaper ($85) to model this super short, sexy dress from Wet Seal.

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Paige shows off this long, light brown wig with style. Check out how the choker necklace, Badgley Mischka leather hobo bag, and Guess shoes complete this club look. Elizabeth Taylor earned this gold bag from Mary Kay by working her business!

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Can you say wow?! Paige looks hot! Work it girl!

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Get Paige’s look: Mary Kay @ Play Tuxedo Baked Eye Trio ($10), Black Eyeliner ($12), Lash Primer ($15), Lash Lengthening Mascara ($15), and the latest trend of the Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain ($16)!

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Paige shows off her heels and legs!

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Paige shows off her assets! The Slim Shaper ($100) and Panty Reshaper ($85) enhance her figure to create those scrumptious curves!

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Outfit change! Paige selects a blonde bob, a black cardigan, and jeans for her next look, which she loves.

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With the same smoking hot makeup look, Paige becomes the girl next door with a wig and outfit change. Amazing!

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Paige and Beth joke about her soccer mom image in this wig and outfit. 🙂

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Uh, oh! Look at that cutie! She’s having fun and it shows! It looks like we may have saved the best look for last!

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Paige is a natural beauty in this curly, dirty-blonde wig! She wears this look effortlessly.

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Paige, Benita, and Beth all decided this was their favorite wig look for Paige. She wears the wig with ease and confidence.

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Paige’s cheekbones are enhanced by using bronzer ($12) and highlight powder ($12) in addition to blush ($12).

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Paige meticulously applied layers of the Mulberry Forest Glossy Lip Stain ($16) with a Mary Kay flat-tip Concealer brush ($10). She cut in the edges of her lips for definition by approaching the lip edge with the brush at a sharp angle.

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Accessories like the white rose with black trim and the one-of-a-kind pearl necklace add a flirty, fun look.

 

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Photos of my Makeover Studio

Check out the designer purses and wigs!

Check out the designer purses and wigs!

Elizabeth Taylor's Makeover Studio features beautiful shoes from size 8 to size 15. Not sure of your sizes? Book a total makeover and find out!
Elizabeth Taylor’s Makeover Studio features beautiful shoes from size 8 to size 15. Not sure of your sizes? Book a total makeover and find out!

Elizabeth Taylor's Makeover Studio features beautiful shoes from size 8 to size 15, designer purses, and 8 wigs

Elizabeth Taylor’s Makeover Studio features beautiful shoes from size 8 to size 15, designer purses, and 8 wigs

The furniture holds corsets, body shapers, jewelry, bras, panties, breastforms, makeup and skincare products.

The furniture holds corsets, body shapers, jewelry, bras, panties, breastforms, makeup and skincare products.

A peek into the closet shows a sampling of the clothes available for your total makeover.

A peek into the closet shows a sampling of the clothes available for your total makeover.

 

 
 

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