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Amanda Lepore is an American model, nightlife and fashion icon, performance artist, recording artist and public figure. She has appeared in advertising for numerous companies, including M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mego Jeans, The Blonds, Swatch, CAMP Cosmetics, and Heatherette, which has used her likeness on clothing as well as hiring her as a model. Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle’s work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers including Marco Ovando and Terry Richardson. She participated in his Artists and Prostitutes 1985-2005 exhibit in New York, where she “lived” in a voyeuristic life-sized set. Amanda Lepore has also released several singles, many written by and/or recorded with Cazwell. In 2011 she released her full-length debut album I…Amanda Lepore on Peace Bisquit.
Lepore grew up in the Essex County community of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Lepore, a transgender woman, told a reporter “from day one she knew she was a girl,” and in her early teens she began making costumes for a transgender go-go dancer in exchange for hormones. Already isolated from her peers, her parents soon withdrew her from public school and hired a private tutor, then took her to a psychologist who helped her obtain a hormone prescription to properly transition. At the age of 17, and through a legal loophole, Lepore both married the son of a wealthy business owner and was granted sex reassignment surgery. After several years as a suburban housewife and seeking new independence, Lepore relocated to New York City in 1989. In the early 1990s, as she established her career as a nightlife figure, Lepore spent her days working in a nail salon, as a dominatrix, and later as a cosmetics salesgirl for Patricia Field. After meeting David LaChapelle one evening while hosting at Bowery Bar, she began collaborating with him and ultimately achieved international acclaim as his muse.
Lepore has appeared in fashion magazines, including French Playboy, Ponytail, DAMn and TUSH. She is on the cover of Lords of Acid’s 1999 album Expand Your Head and on Thighpaulsandra’ 2006 album The Lepore Extrusion.
Lepore had a cameo in the 1998 documentary Party Monster: The Shockumentary and the 2003 film Party Monster. She can also be seen briefly in the 2001 fashion spoof comedy Zoolander and was featured in Another Gay Sequel in 2008 and the 2004 documentary Dig!. Lepore has also had cameos in music videos for artists including Elton John, Thalía, The Dandy Warhols, Girl in a Coma, Grace Jones, Keanan Duffty, TIGA for his cover of “Sunglasses at Night,” and the video for “Days” by the alt rock band The Drums. Lepore appears in many of Cazwell’s music videos, including “Watch My Mouth” and “All Over Your Face”.
She was Chief of Parade at the 2010 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Her first single, “Deeper,” is a 2003 trance dance song written by Wigstock drag queen Lady Bunny.
In 2005 Lepore released her first album, Introducing… Amanda Lepore, which contains “Champagne” and “My Hair Looks Fierce”. In 2007 she released two remix albums, Fierce Pussy and My Pussy E.P. Lepore also sings the main title for Another Gay Movie, “I Know What Boys Like”. She also performs “Cotton Candy”, from the soundtrack of Another Gay Sequel.
Lepore was a part of True Colors Tour 2007, a 15-city North American benefit tour sponsored by the Logo channel, hosted by comedian Margaret Cho and headlined by Cyndi Lauper. The tour benefited the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG and the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and it included Erasure, Debbie Harry, The Gossip, Rufus Wainwright, The Dresden Dolls, The MisShapes, Rosie O’Donnell, Indigo Girls, The Cliks and other special guests. In 2009, Lepore performed at the Majestic Theatre during Metro Pride Fest in Detroit with The Divas of the Majestic: A Divine Lites Productions and Founder, Electra Lites. In June of 2011 she debuted her album I…Amanda Lepore at the Highline Ballroom with Cazwell, Kat Deluna, Neon Hitch, Ana Matronic, Jonté and many others.
Her debut full-length album I…Amanda Lepore was released in 2011 on Peace Bisquit.
In October 1999 Swatch released “Time Tranny”, a watch designed by LaChapelle with Lepore on the face displaying a printed crack on the glass and marble stripes as the background. A second version displays no cracked glass and a blue and yellow striped background. In April 2006, Integrity Toys launched an Amanda Lepore doll produced by Jason Wu as a benefit for AIDS charities. Lepore has a line of cosmetics in partnership with CAMP Cosmetics called “Collection Lepore”, as well as a signature perfume.
- Birthplace: Cedar Grove, New Jersey, United States
- Ethnicity: Caucasian
- Profession: Musician
- Hair color: Blonde
- Eye color: Brown
- Height: 5’2″ (or 157 cm)
- Body type: Slim
- Measurements: 39-23-37
- Boobs: Fake/Enhanced
- Years active: 1990 – present