So I was actually a little nervous about this shoot. For one, this particular photo shoot is the most expensive one by far. I must’ve spent 150 bucks on jewelry and accessory pieces to wear. Additionally, the first time I tried on the body jewelry it just looked soooo feminine that it kinda gave me a panic attack because I had this moment of severe gender dysphoria… well, as severe as a cis male’s dysphoria can get.
My second big concern was that… well, I had actually bought a LOT more jewelry pieces than shown in this shoot. I just didn’t wear them all. It was only after I bought them that I realized they might come off as too close to being cultural appropriation and I didn’t want to go that route. This was sparked because their descriptors in the Amazon store were of “belly dancer” accessories. Not wanting to offend anyone of Southeast Asian/Middle Eastern heritage, I decided to forego those (well actually I did get photographed with ALL my gear on, but I’m just not posting them publicly).
Basically, all the pieces I wore were generic bits of jewelry, a masquerade mask, and a sleeveless hooded robe. I know on the store the descriptor said “women’s jewelry,” but to paraphrase Iggy Pop: "No, they’re men’s jewelry. I bought them. They’re mine.“