8 Men Who Make Androgynous Work

October 5, 2011  |  

Prince can strut in a pair of 4” boots better than most supermodels and I know, B. Scott’s lovely locks are the envy of female hair follicles across the continent.  They’re the men whose talent we admire, whose fashion sense we respect, and whose tough talk but tender taste makes them stand out from the rest.  They’re the men who make androgyny work and we don’t care half as much about whom they are attracted to as much as we care about how attractive their style is.


1.  Prince

Prince has always tip-toed along the thin line of feminine and masculine style in stilettos that are about as high as his 4 octave vocal range.  Choosing to rock ruffled blouses and crushed velvet in shades of purple that rival the passion in his lyrics, Prince threw a bit of color into the rock and roll game long before Lil’ Wayne was shopping for leopard jeggings.


2.  Lenny Kravitz

Flamboyant and fierce, both Lenny Kravitz and his closet are the secret craving in many women’s fantasies.  Mr. Kravitz knows how to test the limits of fashion without throwing himself over the edge. He makes grunge look glamorous by sporting combinations of distressed denim, fringe jackets and dark shades. And before you fellas throw shade, keep in mind this is the same man who bagged Denise Huxtable.  Nuff’ said.


3.  B. Scott

The “B” perfectly honest B. Scott rocks femininity fiercer than most females and first glance I found myself questioning his gender.  After quickly
becoming a fan of his authenticity on the popular www.lovebscott.com, I just as quickly became unconcerned with what was going on below as I became infatuated with what was going on above as B. Scott is often photographed with a head full of long, shiny hair. Before premiering the “The B. Scott Show” on The Foxxhole in April of 2010, Jamie Foxx was once quoted as saying B. Scott looked like “a cross between Prince, Rosario Dawson and Lenny Kravitz.”

 4.  Miss J.

You might find J. Alexander (aka Miss J) ripping the runway with sarcasm in a pair of 5” heels, teaching twirling techniques to “Top Model” hopefuls  or serving up some sincere fashion advice with a side of sass.  And although Tyra Banks herself coined him the “Queen of the Catwalk”, when it comes to runaway coaching, Miss J. has the fashion game in checkmate.


5.  Andre Leon Talley

Another member of team “Top Model” Andre Leon Talley is the former editor-at-large for Vogue magazine and served on the judging panel of the CW network’s “America’s Next Top Model” for the past four cycles. You can catch Mr. Talley in everything from fuzzy fur hats and three-piece suits to regal robes fit for a king.  Rest assured that his ensemble is always cutting edge and the farthest thing from “dreckitude.”


6.  David Bowie

He may forever live in my childhood heart as Jareth, the King of the Goblins, but the truth is David Bowie was a fashion icon long before the days of Labyrinth.  Throughout the years Bowie has coined several signature looks including the “Thin White Duke” personae of the 1970’s to the “English
Gentleman” of the 1980’s.  Bowie’s clothes aren’t solely props for characters he creates, but representative of the different points-of-view that reside within him. He stands as a true definition of glam rock and oh yeah, he bagged a banger too in the form of Somali-American fashion model, Iman.


7.  Adam Lambert

Inspired by the band Queen and one of the androgynous icons on our list, David Bowie, Adam Lambert slowly rose to fame becoming the runner-up on Season 8 of American Idol.  Acid-wash, tight leather, black nail polish and python print are just some of the staples of Adam’s wardrobe who was once credited as the “male Lady Gaga”.  (I adored his guest appearance on a recent episode of Project Runaway where I caught him trading glances with one of my fav designers, Joshua McKinley!)


8.  Bret Michaels

That flaxen blonde hair, those cobalt blue eyes, and let’s not forget that pouty pink mouth.  No I’m not talking about Cameron Diaz or Taylor Swift, I am talking about the “Rock of Love “himself, Brett Michaels.  Long before he was sporting red bandannas, Wet & Wild pink lipstick and black eyeliner and had morally-questionable women making fools of themselves for his affection on national TV, he was lead vocalist of the glam metal band Poison.

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  • uniquefashionista

    I guess I have been living under a rock, but I have no idea who B. Scott is. Never heard of him. But, I knew the rest of the men from the list and love each of them. I could marry Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and Brett Michaels. LOL!

  • Gab Winter

    Lossa East Asian men who are truly Androgynous, or even feminine. Search up Bou (from the band An Cafe) for instance, and countless more from the visual kei scene; or the korean pop artists, or taiwan youths.

  • Yvette

    Adam Lambert is androgynous gorgeousness.

  • Shila

    I love Bowie when he was trans.

  • Shila

    All those me are pugly accept for prince. Too scared to feature men who are prettier than you? I love beautiful males who can cross over. I can lok like a cute boy if I wanted to, so I relate, not fear, but utterly sexiful!

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  • turqblu

    NOO you forgot Andrej Pejic!

  • 1) Prince..2) Brett..3) Kravitz…the rest, (other than Bowie on a scale from 1 to 10 gets about an 8 due to the fact he doesn't look like that anymore, his wife is a supermodel and it was 80s), couldn't make androgyny look androgynous!

  • Reese

    But David Bowie was caught in bed with Mic Jagger. Alot of them are bisexual on this list if not gay.

  • Reese

    working for who? I like men to look like men.

  • Molly D

    Chase, I think Degeneres fits the description much better than Lenny Kravitz or Bret Michaels. Have we even ever seen her wear anything feminine?

  • Molly D

    Well, Lenny Kravitz and Bret Michaels' feelings are going to be hurt when they read this. Prince and David Bowie are going to claim they are bi-sexual and the other four are simply GAY men. There is nothing androgynous about them. They are merely men who wear VERY large women's clothing.

  • KISS, keepitsimple

    I thought B Scott was Denise Huxtable at first glance. While Prince is prettier than most women I know. I like the "yea to be yea and the nay to be nay." I don't want to be confused are questioning my eyes what they see. Bring back the days of yea and nay.

  • clearly don't understand the meaning.

    In the 80's, androgyny didn't mean a man was gay but now with homophobia being so rampant, any man that doesn't subscribe to a narrow definition of manhood and doesn't exhibits machismo attitude is so-called "gay'. This is the generation of sameness. All must look and be the same.

  • L. Chase

    Wat about grace jones? And out of genuine curiosity, is ellen degeneres androgynous?

  • DJ1969

    There are only 2 true androgynous people on this list; Prince and B.Scott. Being androgynous means there's a lot of ambiguity in one's gender. You don't know what the hell they are at first. Being a hot, flaming homosexual (Miss J, Big Leon) and fashion forward (Lenny Kraviz) doesn't mean androgyny.

    • JustSaying, IMFO

      Just want to add Miss J and Big Leon have gone beyond flaming homosexuals. They're caricatures of it.

  • iStill say MICHAEL JACKSON was the best androgynous man to slay the world with his greatness shrug.

  • 'Androgynous mean having both male and female characteristics". "Characteristics meaning a distinguishing attributes"! "They are different and I love it, they look damn good to me and Ms J can teach women a little something about how to walk on the runway"!!! :))

  • JerseyVixen138

    Hmm you only have 3 , thats Lenny, Prince and B Scott. The rest were just fillers to make the article.

  • bayareachick

    Do you know what androgynous means?

  • an avid reader

    no derek j?!?

  • Irrepressible

    It is eccentrics that make them attractive. The unknown but wit.

  • IllyPhilly

    WTF, they're not androgynous if they're gay. This list had at least two who were gay.

    • Mary

      ……you might want to look up the meaning of androgynous

    • IllyPhilly

      Asswipe, i get it. i was being sarcastic and Gay is not representing females it's gay. plain and simple.

      • Lapinblanc2jours

        Oh! why don’t I just declare my pea-brained ignorance in a public forum for the whole world to see? Dear World, I am a repressed homosexual & I try to hide it by calling anyone who is not a meathead like me gay! Illyphilly (bahahaha) xoD

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