This Gorgeous Photography Book Showcases Sexuality and Gender Across the Spectrum

 
Lauren Young

Lauren Young

In one of the essays contained within Los Angeles-based photographer Maggie West’s second book, 23, trans model and activist Arisce Wanzer writes that “Gender is a spectrum that cannot be explained with pastel colors or genitals.” The book, which features nudes of 23 cis and transgender models, leaves out explicit identifiers, simultaneously acting as a confirmation of Wanzer’s assertion and a challenge to its audience to view gender as something non-binary. And it's gorgeous. Depicted in pastels on hyperdrive, the photography book also features essays from former porn star and novelist Christopher Zeischegg, writer and activist Gaby Dunn, and MTV writer and editor Darcie Wilder that work in tandem with the photos to explore our preconceptions of gender and how we might think about it differently moving forward.

For all you Angelenos reading this, the release party for 23 is going down tonight on the rooftop of The Standard (550 S. Flower Street) at 8 p.m., featuring a special performance from Ru Paul’s Drag Race winner Alaska Thunderfuck. RSVP here.


Get a sneak peek at some of the photos below:

Brooke Rodgers

Brooke Rodgers

Hannah Vandermolen

Hannah Vandermolen

James Darling

James Darling

Ren

Ren

Sabel

Sabel

Chelsea Watcher

Chelsea Watcher

Kira Noir

Kira Noir

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