Masc off, China goes beyond Gender Norms

From male celebrities casually flaunting a full face of makeup, to transgender people confidently recognising their right to equality, things are more progressive than outsiders would like to believe.

Lay Zhang Yixing, Chinese superstar and the latest global ambassador for M.A.C. Cosmetics.

On one hand, it is progressive in the sense that men are publicly allowed to present themselves as ‘unmasculine’ without negative social consequence, but why is this simply not a subject of controversy?

Jin Xing, transgender TV personality (The Hollywood Reporter).
Hua Chenyu, Chinese rock singer, posing for Maybelline New York.

Political commentaries confronting superficial narratives provided by mainstream news sources.

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