100% Female: Celebrity Women Accused of Being Transgender
During an interview with ABC News on July 8, Wendy Williams addressed the rumor that she was born a man and said “there’s no worse way to insult a woman.” But Wendy’s not the only celebrity who’s found herself sitting under this particular type of shade.
Wendy Williams recently said that she “gets” why people think she’s a man:
“I get it. I’ve got a strong face, a strong body, I’m 5’11. I wear wigs. I get it. Do I get upset with it? No.”
But she says the jabs still sting. “I had a very tortured childhood, I didn’t grow up the popular girl, or the popular cheerleader. I’ve never been to a prom, I didn’t have a lot of boyfriends, so I’m used to being on this side of life.”
A pixie cut, strong jawline and certified villain status on “Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta” lead to some serious internet buzz that Stevie J’s new protege was really a man. The rumors cut so deep that Joseline released naked pictures on Twitter to set the record straight.
Jamie Lee Curtis
A decades-old urban legend states that Jamie Lee Curtis is actually a man, or maybe a hermaphrodite. And when Howard Stern brought it up during an interview in his classically tactless way, Jamie responded, “How DARE you say that! I have children!”
Grace Jones says that when she started modelling, “everybody thought I was a man.” But instead of letting the comparison get her down, the androgynous beauty she went on to become one of the world’s most famous models.
The fashion industry’s most androgynous model is often labeled “transgender” but he says he’s uncomfortable with labels.
“I try not to describe myself, even though when I do interviews and I work with journalists it’s difficult, because they want you to summarize yourself as one thing. I find this very limiting. I would definitely describe my last few years as living between genders. You can’t say it’s one or the other.”
When Canadian model Jenna Talackova was selected as one of the 65 finalists for Miss Universe Canada 2012, someone started a rumor that Jenna was not born a woman. Jenna admitted to being transgender (and competing in Thailand’s famous transgender beauty pageant 2010 Miss International Queen). Jenna was almost ousted from the competition, but Donald Trump stepped in and allowed her to compete.
“America’s Next Top Model” fans will never forget the moment that Isis King made her debut on season 11. Off camera, there were whispers and raised eyebrows, but Isis didn’t reveal her identity until her interview with Tyra. She became an instant hit and fans were sad to see her eliminated.
After the androgynous South African middle-distance runner began sweeping medals around the nation, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) demanded that Caster undergo gender testing to determine whether she was really a woman. The public outcry turned Caster into one of the sport’s most celebrated female runners and she went on to take home the silver in the 2012 Olympic games.
Her strong jawline and purported plastic surgery have caused many “Ice Loves Coco” fans to murmur that Coco might be a man. But once the couples’ cheating scandal made headline news, the rumors died down.
Real Housewives of Atlanta Marlo Hampton and NeNe Leakes’ famous feud came to a head when Marlo went on a Twitter rant that included the insult:
“You look like a man under construction and your nose job still needs a nose job.”
NeNe refused to respond to that particular piece of internet shade.
Hilary’s androgynous look and her Oscar-winning performance in “Boys Don’t Cry” lead some people to speculate about Hilary’s actual gender. But while Hilary Swank did live as a man for month in preparation for the role, she’s never felt the need to address those particular rumors.
A few days ago, Right-wing radio host Alex Jones sunk to a new low when he called Michelle Obama a “tranny” and backed it up with his own brand of psuedo-science.
“She doesn’t look like any black woman I’ve ever known,” Jones said. “She’s got shoulders that are wider than a man’s, which physiologically doesn’t happen. You can put three heads on a man’s shoulders, and two heads on a woman’s shoulders — that’s a known anatomy.”
The White House refused to acknowledge this particular PR stunt with a comment.
During a particularly catty moment on CBS’ “The Talk,” singer Carnie Wilson called the disgraced former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s girlfriend “a man” and “he” during her segment. Then Carnie added insult to injury by saying, “There’s a lot of plastic surgery, then she’s like, ‘I’m his right-hand man.’ Man. Am I crazy to think that? OK. Whatever.” Carnie later issued a Twitter apology for her statements.
At some point during her rocket ride to fame, a rumor started that Lady Gaga might really be a man. Some came forth with a claim of photo and video evidence of a little extra down there, but Lady Gaga has refused to acknowledge the rumor either way.