The Beauty of Androginy

Etimology

The term derives from the Latin: androgynus, derived from Ancient Greek: ἀνδρόγυνος, from ἀνήρ, stem ἀνδρ- (anér, andr-, meaning man) and γυνή (gunē, gyné, meaning woman).

Being androgynous is interesting, unusual, confusing, extremely desirable in the modelling world.

Here are some faces, purely for the 'look book' of it all to contemplate on what androgynous might look like to you:

The Beauty of Androginy

It's not about guessing which ones are male and which ones are female, It's about enjoying the process of deduction that leads you to that conclusion.

Analysing their facial features, concentrating on the exact point where the scale is tipped into a more feminine/masculine arena and why that is so is the beauty of concentrating on a divine androgynous face.


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What Guys Said 13

  • Androginy has been a look that enjoyed within the beauty range for centuries. It moves away from specific gender profiles. Many enjoy the ambiquity of the person's gender. Sexuality/attraction is a wonderful thing once it passes the golden rules legal, all parties consent and nobody permanently hurt, scarred on any level. I will find no problem with it.
    Androginy for me is often something I find very beautiful on a aesthetic level but I am unlikely to be attracted to the person but you never know I may meet some person who changes that.

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  • For every one of great looking androgynous people there's 10000 who look absolutely horrid and repulsive. So, no, to whatever comes next.

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    • This is true - but it's also true for every single person out there. There are much more ugly people or average people than pretty people out there. That's just a fact.

      + do not confuse androgyny with someone just looking more like the gender they're not - the girl can just have masculine features and the guy can have feminine features but not look androgynous at all...

  • Any pansexual would have a riot with one of these people

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  • I believe that we are both masculine and feminine and believe there are both male and female hormones in our both for both genders, female have more female hormone and vise versa. Therefore, I believe you can see few/some male characteristics/traits in female and vise versa. It is also by nature how we look, it's just up to us to tone it up by exercising and eating well to improve it if we want. that is from my point of view.

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  • As a bisexual man, I will admit, I have always enjoyed people who exhibit male-female features. That might have to do with the fact that I like men and women though.

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  • It is a disgusting form of deviance that should not be celebrated.

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    • But ugly and pretty people aren't?
      It's nature.

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    • Nope...
      People just bore it before - and were rarely happy. It seemed like it all worked - on paper, but that was rarely the case.
      Now they get a chance to live the way they want.

      But I see your point - why be happy when you can kill yourself trying to accommodate the status quo.

    • People on the whole were a lot happier a hundred years ago. Now we have spoiled morons who think the world revolves around them and demand that every deviance they have must be accepted and celebrated.

  • I actually prefer women that have slightly more of a masculine look. I dont mean looking like a stereotypical lesbian, but ultra femanine doesn't usually do it for me.

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    • I got downvoted for my sexual prefererence, how sad :-/

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    • Considering im bi, suggesting im homophobic in anyway whatsoever is ridiculous...

    • I understand that... I like guys with apa slightly feminine look. Ultra masculine turns me off.

  • I wish more women were open to this with romantic partners! :O

    I'm really slender and have slightly feminine hips, and I'm not a very manly man. There's also a couple other things that aren't very masculine about me, physically. I feel like it's really hard out there for straight guys like me who look/act this way

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  • It might be beneficial for aesthetic reasons in photograhpy and model world, but that's a world which is based purely of being fake and pretending.

    In the real world barely anyone finds it appealing and attracitve though.

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    • I'm not so sure. I know plenty of women who like a man with an androgynous face. ^-^

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    • Oh, that's not a trait of those women, that's a trait of every person on the planet. xD
      But yeah, it's difficult finding an androgynous looking person in real life - it's not logical to just refuse someone because they look more masculine or in men's case feminine...

    • Sure, many people don't know what they want.

      Still, most people don't find androgynous people attractive. What the model & fashion world does, doesn't really matter. They live in a illusory world far away from reality (just look at their super practical "fashion"). They clearly are no indicator of what the common people want and desire.

  • I think aesthetically it is amazing to see. The model industry sure does love people who are androgynous.

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  • I'm not seeing any androgyny, they are pretty clearly male, female, male, female, male.

    I've seen people where it was hard to tell but these are it.

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    • Yeah... but it isn't about wondering for ages whether they're this or that gender. it's about them not looking totally one way or the other.
      Give us some examples of what you think true androgyny is. =)

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    • Me too... I recognize faces very well. Took a test on it. =)

      She looks like a dude to you? I don't see it. o. O
      Her figure and eyes are way too fragile.

    • Well her figure is a giveaway, I was confining myself to looking at the face and not using clues like the adam's apple. Just going by bone structure.

      I can't tell if they are close and really slather on the makeup because that can hide a lot of subtle clues.

  • it is desirable in the model world for perverse reasons. i totally DISAGREE with this take. the genders should not be confused. these are the signs of our times and its projected by the media the whole time like that transgender dude.

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    • There is a difference between you not liking their appearance and saying they shouldn't exist. Not everybody has to like the same things you like.

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    • Ok. Let me rephrase.
      There is a difference between you not liking their appearance and saying they shouldn't be advertised or projected. Not everybody has to like the same things you like.
      What, you think they should be hidden from view?
      Perverse agendas? Fashion? Personally, I prefer those those people advertised by fashion than sexualized 10yo girls.
      wp.clicrbs.com.br/n9ve/files/2011/08/0118.jpg

    • the story you brought up is even worse indeed. but you are being out of our subject. as for the existence of an agenda for pansexualism and for the merging and neutralisation of the sexes thats another story.

  • "extremely desirable in the modelling world"

    Is that true? That's super weird. What's the point? I don't remember seeing people I find less desirable than the ones on the pictures above. They irk me.

    Tilda Swinton can be very beautiful though. She looked very feminine in Trainwreck. I almost didn't recognize her.

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    • Yeah, they love the potential of having a person used for portraying both sexes... for one paycheck. Seems about right.
      Oh, I love androgynous faces. They fascinate me. =)

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    • Well I am glad to know some people like them cause I am definitely not attracted to them...

    • Haha Fair enough. xD

What Girls Said 17

  • I am a little androgynous. Stupid gits everwhere call me a tranny. I get called all sorts of cruel names. Because of my strong jaw line. At least I dont ahve a doubt chin like them.

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    • Ignore them... It's sad when people have nothing better to do than attack others...
      They most likely just hate themselves and project onto you.

    • Mate, you should see what they say. Man, a poor mans caitlyn jenner, a latino caitlyn jenner. But you know what, Iam glad they say that to me than some other girl.

    • They don't understand that some people can't handle it.
      I'm glad you're so strong. =)
      World needs more people like you.

  • It's so confusing but I find it fascinating. I see why model agencies are interested in them.

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  • People always want to give phrase to people that aren't generally accepted and make it seem like something great. But when it comes to personal preference not a lot of people would want a woman who could easily pull off the look of a man, or a man that could pass as feminine.

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    • I agree on that - I don't like feminine movements in men, but a beautiful androgynous face in a man - very attractive. To me. xD

  • The girls are defo gender benders.

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  • Androgyny is great <3

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    • Why is it great? Do you find it attractive? Do you find it not attractive but interesting? I want to know because to me, looking androgynous is not something you should want. Is it a good thing to be androgynous in your opinion?

    • I find it attractive. I think it shows being comfortable in yourself and not adhering to what people would be more comfortable with you looking like. My boyfriend's pretty androgynous (a good jawline, tall, broad shoulders, deep voice, but super long hair, big eyes with long eyelashes, full lips, slim) and I think that that's great. It's just attractive in its own right to me but also the confidence of doing it even though it makes some people uncomfortable is something I admire :)

  • dont find those people attractive

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  • There's nothing beautiful about androgyny. It's a muddled sickness. A mishmash of male/female features, that holds no order. Finding mere words to describe their "beauty" is hard enough, as they don't fit in to either "pretty" or "handsome". They have no sex appeal what-so-ever, unless you're a pure bisexual.

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    • Sounds very ignorant and sexist... Maybe you should reevaluate your moral code...
      Or not... just don't spread hate for what you clearly don't understand at all.

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    • It is, LOL. It makes no sense.. Like, good having someone who isn't bisexual find you attractive. I believe I am androgynous myself.

    • I'm not bisexual and I find androgynous people beautiful - if they're beautiful...
      (There are ugly men, ugly women and ugly men who look like women and ugly women who look like men. It's just a fact.)

  • number 1 and 3 are pretty the rest no

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  • That's amazing. I always wondered about that. I have come across a few individuals and I couldn't tell their gender until I got their name.

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    • The last girl-- hard to stop looking at her! And the last guy... really attractive. I love that picture of him. Who is he?

    • I have no idea really. All of them are models except for Tilda Swinton. =)

    • I found out it's Ukraine model, Kirill Zakirov. Thats all I could find. Bleh. But thanks!

  • Those comments make me sad, variety is good people, stop judging everything.

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  • It depends on how extreme it is though. I am a woman who has a really masculine face, and I've been mistaken for a guy so many times. I am thin and feminine, but because of how masculine my face is, people are rude to me about it. I've actually had people who hate me on first sight because of it. I don't have a beautiful androgynous face at all.

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  • Androgynous faces are fascinating to look at. That said, I don't find the last face looks androgynous, but rather manly, unless you're gonna tell me he is actually a she exposing her nipple then I agree haha

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  • I love androgynous people. They're fascinating to me and more beautiful than people who look like one gender. I would lie if I said I wasn't slightly attracted to them.

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  • Metrosexual guys are kind of androgynous to me. :)

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    • Oh, not to me. I distinguish between metrosexual and androgynous...
      Also between having feminine movements and having feminine features.

  • It sucks being androgynous. Always having to explain yourself. Reassuring curious people that you are a certain gender.
    Since I look masculine people assume I'm a dike, and call me butch and lesbian. And ask if I'm angry all the time or play sports. Of course I would feel angry. It's very frustrating being a woman on paper but not looking the part. It's harder to get dates, boyfriends, and friends. Some people aren't comfortable around androgynous people so they stay away from them. Girls think I'm trying to hit on them

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  • This is funny because apparently I'm slightly on the "androgynous" side - I've had a set card shooting of them actually putting my make up and hair so I looked very fierce and androgynous and I loved that look on myself! If I was more skilled I would wear it more often but

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    • * I can hardly even apply eyeliner without it looking asymmetrical so.. ^^

      I'm also afraid that, although fashion brands and agencies adore this look, it's certainly not seen as the "ideal beauty" by most people outside of this business which is probably why most models are single 😂😂😂

    • Pretty ironic indeed.
      =)

  • These androgynous models are beautiful and fascinating, appealling. I see far too many everyday androgynous people who are physically repulsive, due to poor health habits, drug use, environment, bad genetics etc. The same can be said for people whose genders are more obvious. I'm crazy about beautiful androgynous people though♡

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