by Red Cell
There have been many magazines over the decades devoted to transvestism and the world that surround it. But, these are usually explicit men’s magazines devoted to fetish and/or stimulus. As far as I can find, CANDY is the first serious publication devoted exclusively to, “celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations.” Luis Venegas, the publisher of this magazine, has an impressive history having worked with designers like Thierry Mugler and Sybilla. In 2008, at the invitation of Christian Lacroixa, Venegas was one of the five jury members of the Prix Decouverte at the prestigious photography fair Les Rencontres D’Arles.
CANDY is filled with stunning photos of models such as Cole Mohr and Luke Worrall taken by photographers like Terry Richardson and Bruce Weber, but it also includes articles in this first limited (1,000 copies), 192 page issue about Quentin Crisp, Fran Lebowitz, The Deadliest Transvestites in Cinematic History, Lypsinka and Johnny Depp’s style amongst many other write-ups. CANDY is quickly making the rounds online as something to pay attention to.
FROM THE SITE:
“Never before in history, have men and women had so many opportunities for body modification, or so many ways to change their appearance from head to toe: from the softest options like make up, to permanent transformations courtesy of the surgeons’ knife.
Now the 21st Century is truly underway, there’s no need to justify ourselves, only the ability and need to celebrate the diversity of lifestyles and options, the freedom to choose on every level. The possibilities are as infinite as the amount of people there are in this world. CANDY is a magazine for everybody. A space for individual freedom, and a publication that pushes people to take on the persona of what they always wanted to be.”