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GYRLE

Jennifer Loeber

2012 - 2016

United States

"In my mind, my own self-image, is the picture of Jennifer and some of the other girls I knew and admired back then. Girls I desperately wanted to be like. Wishing every day that I could be one of those awkward teenage girls instead of the awkward teenage boy I was pretending to be.”

-Lorelei, 2016

Years after I met her as a teenage boy named "Mac", I began the process of getting to know a woman named Lorelei. 

GYRLE is an anecdotal observation into female gender expression. Images from my personal archive paired with those of Lorelei’s new life pose questions about the archetype of womanhood.

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  • Lorelei (Robert) and Jennifer / 2016

  • Lorelei, in need of treatment / 2013

  • Lorelei, reflecting / 2013

  • Jennifer (age 10), imitating Cyndi Lauper / 2016, Lorelei, making cosmetic choices / 2012

  • Lorelei, in the Florida sun / 2013

  • Lorelei, at the Salvation Army / 2014

  • Jennifer (age 12), at a graduation party / 2016, Lorelei, at Payless Shoes / 2014

  • Lorelei, in the backyard / 2016

  • Lorelei, with Alex / 2014

  • Jennifer (age 11), relaxing in her bedroom / 2016, Lorelei, an artist’s model / 2016

  • Lorelei, on the beach / 2013

  • Jennifer (age 17), dressed for senior prom / 2016, Lorelei, crowning Miss Trans New England / 2012

  • Lorelei, with her mother / 2013

  • Jennifer (age 6), before the recital / 2016, Lorelei, two-time pageant winner / 2012


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