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What motivates maskers to inhabit these other bodies?
"They do it for a variety of reasons — to hide their identities, to look more feminine, to [change] their identity. Some just enjoy the feel of masks."
When did you get involved in the movement?
"Seventeen years ago. Although, at the time, I wasn’t aware that other trans [people and] cross-dressers wore masks."
When did you start photographing yourself in your full suit? What do you want these photos to capture?
"I began photographing myself when I began masking because I was amazed I could look so [feminine]. I didn’t begin wearing my female suit until I came out of my solitary closet and discovered other dressers and amazing new products, like the FemSkin suit, that were available. That was over 10 years after I began dressing. The suit allows me to appear to be a naked, or semi-naked female. And so, a whole new world of pictorial expression is now open to me."
How do maskers use fashion as a medium of expression?
"I cannot speak for others in this regard. In my case, being able to be able to change from an old man into a sexy, young woman in minutes is a constant source of excitement, unbelievable amazement, and self-satisfaction. I try to copy/express any and all women's fashions from every period in history that I find attractive or challenging and appealing."