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Shady Ladies

Photography by Holly McGraw


"Shady Ladies is the product of a collaborative performance between the models and myself."


"During the shoots, we adopt the identity of outlaws. The aesthetics combine commercial and cinematic tropes to challenge the existing visual history of binary representation. The result emulates both perpetrator and victim—-easy to consume and hard to stay with."

- Holly McGraw


"Butler writes, “Parodic practices such as drag, spotlight the imitative nature of all gender identities which are copies without an original.” The limited diversity created by the "the gender market" affects the opportunities that people have to express their gender. It is important to recognize the subtleties of this aggression, both intersectional and pervasive. Compromise has been made by the gender fluid community in order to participate in a binary society. The compromises made are diminishing not only to those who identify as gender fluid but anyone who does not wish to be defined by their gender."

"The reality is that there is a staying power, a resilience and a fight that has kept gender queer culture alive. I want to celebrate that."

Holly McGraw lives and works in New York, NY. 

Charles Champagne