Barely a week ago, Kisumu Governor’s son Junior Nyong’o left many puzzled after photos of him surfaced online putting on a woman’s thong alongside red heels plus a deep red lipstick.
It’s however not the first time he’s creating controversy through his artistic photos, Junior, the youngest brother of Oscar Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has at one time also posted photos of him half-naked in the midst of flowers.
During the 10th anniversary of Blankets & Wine in October 2018 in Nairobi, Junior attended the event in a maxi dress and defended it as liberal and looking good.
Well, in his latest set of photos christened ‘What if Adam was Eve?’ taken by photographer Lyra Aoko, they tried merging Biblical Adam and Eve into one person in order to create visuals challenging stereotypes related to gender clothing.
“We have all been trained from an early age to regard some clothes as strictly for men, and other clothes as strictly for women. And anyone who refuses to follow this code is seen as making a huge statement,” Lyra explained.
According to her, the shoot implied the value attached to masculinity and femininity, and gave an example of since “when a man wears trousers, most people will think little of it. The rules are, however, very different for men wearing clothes that are deemed to be for women. Put a man in a dress and it’s the stuff of comedy and ridicule, as if there could be nothing more absurd than a guy in a skirt.
Underlying these reactions is a profound disrespect for women and all that we associate with femininity. In the end, the “rules” around gendered clothes aren’t about fashion or taste. They’re about how we mark difference, enforcing and reiterating restrictive ideas about what it is to be a girl or a boy, a man or a woman.”
Lyra therefore says that featuring Junior Nyong’o in the shoot “would challenge the rules of fashion” which in turn would “challenge our settled ideas about gender roles.”
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