I guess you could say I’ve always been a leg man…
My name is Paul Duane. I’m a radio personality, comic, and photographer based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m fairly well known for my gender – blending style, typically wearing a man’s dress shirt, tie, blazer, dress shorts, (or skirt), pantyhose, and high heels.
WHY would you ever CHOOSE to leave the house looking like that when you’ve got perfectly good jeans & boots sitting in the closet?
There are several reasons. I’ve written a few short essays explaining it all:
- IT COMMUNICATES MY WORLD VIEW
- I GET REWARDED FOR THINGS I NEVER THOUGHT ONE COULD BE REWARDED FOR
- IT FEELS GOOD
- I LIKE THE WAY IT LOOKS
- THE PERFECT MAGNET AND FILTER
- TO PROVE A POINT TO THE FELLAS ABOUT THE LADIES
- BECAUSE I’M A JERK
You can also check out this interview on Park City TV where I explain it all:
A few closing thoughts:
There has been a lot of press lately about men wearing nylons / tights / pantyhose / heels. There are some websites out there that actively advocate it as a fashion for men. I think the whole movement is kind of silly. I’m not saying that anyone else should do this, too – I’m just saying that it’s what works for me.
Steve Jobs, women, and taoism aside: This is about living authentically. It’s about being honest with yourself, coming to a clear understanding of your own personal truths, and then living them without asking anyone for permission, and making no apologies for doing so.
Go ahead and admit how you really feel about politics. Religion. Spinach. Your secret love of Kenny Loggins. Admit it to yourself, then admit it to those with a need to know (this list is usually very short). Then have the courage to let go of those who would chide you for your preferences. They’ve been holding you back from becoming the best version of you that you can be.
I hope we can all work toward living in 100% harmony with what you feel inside. I believe that this is the foundation upon which truly great art, friendships, businesses, careers, and love affairs are built upon. If me showing up to a date, party, or meeting dressed in tights & heels can embolden someone else to live more authentically the next day, I feel I’ve accomplished my mission.
Much love -