Images of celebrities play a huge role in our culture, not least of all in providing viewers with representations of themselves.
But it's all too rare that trans people see themselves reflected in mainstream media, so we spoke to 16 trans people about the icons who resonate with, if not represent, them — and (with the help of stylists from Bumble and bumble and Metro Look) turned them into their idols for the day.
Here's what they had to say.
In preparation for this project, they considered which celebrities represented important parts of their identity, and decided on Bruno Mars.
6. Devin-Norelle identifies as androgynous and is a transgender advocate. Ze sells Trans Is Beautiful shirts to raise funds for the Werk Those Pecs Transgender Surgery Fund.
Ze fulfilled a childhood dream of being photographed as an icon famous for bucking gender norms: Prince.
She wanted to examine the similarities and differences between herself and her favorite actress, Ellen Page.
He decided to get dapper for the camera like his personal model of masculinity, BuzzFeed's own Eugene Lee Yang.
12. Renée Reopell is a social worker and community advocate.
14. Ali Harris is a LGBTQ health project coordinator and health policy advocate.
He found his match in Queen's alternately flamboyant and introverted late frontman, Freddie Mercury.
Jarrid wanted to follow in the footsteps of singer Grace Jones, whose aesthetic they've admired since a young age.
Special thanks to:
Hairstylists: Mischa Golebiewski, Frankie Meyerson, Sabrina Michals, James Ruiz, Christiaan Van Bremen, and Lucas Wilson for Bumble & Bumble
Makeup artists: T. Cooper and Dana Arcidy of Metro Look
With wardrobe courtesy of: Culture Cross Jewelry (Tyler's necklace); Men's Wearhouse (Charlie's suit); Fleur du Mal (Vikki's bodysuit); Chromat (Jarrid's bustier, pants, and arm protectors)