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A Photographer Did A Shoot With An Androgynous Model To Spread LGBT Awareness In India

"I wanted to show the world that there is beauty everywhere."

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Chennai-based photographer Ganesh Toasty teamed up with model Lemuel Huffman to create an amazing photoshoot intended to break down conventional beauty standards.

"The idea for the concept shoot came to me when I realised the kind of preset notions people, including my friends and families, had about the LGBT community," Toasty told BuzzFeed.

"Through my photographs, I wanted to show the world that there is beauty everywhere. While there are androgynous models in the international fashion circuit, I don’t know of any in Chennai," he added.
Ganesh Toasty

"Through my photographs, I wanted to show the world that there is beauty everywhere. While there are androgynous models in the international fashion circuit, I don’t know of any in Chennai," he added.

"For this shoot "Sui Generis" (Latin for "of its own kind"), I planned to shoot with a androgynous model because the knowledge people have about androgyny is very less and the way they look at them isn't right," Toasty said.

Ganesh Toasty

"So I decided to take this subject and show the beauty in them. As a fashion photographer and a visual artist, I feel I have the responsibility to admire beauty in every aspect."

Ganesh Toasty
Ganesh Toasty

Toasty explained that he began looking for androgynous model on Facebook, and picked Lemuel Huffman because his fashion sense was interesting and admirable.

Ganesh Toasty

"When I did this shoot, the only thing I had in mind was that the concept needs a lot of visibility. There is a message in there for people – the knowledge about a transgender or lesbian or androgyny isn't there."

Ganesh Toasty

"I wanted to break the stereotype."

Ganesh Toasty

You can check out more of Toasty's work here.