is your name and what is your background?
My name is Eva D.Vine and
I live in Brighton. I am a gay male. I have been with
my partner now for just over 5 years now. He has, help
me a lot with image. During the day I work as a hairdresser.
you happy to be called a tranny and what does in mean
I donít really like being
labelled as such but society does label us. As Eva I am
non-sexual I am not a boy or girl somewhere in between
if there is such a place. If I have to be labelled then
I would be a drag queen.
old are you and how young can you remember thinking about
or actually cross-dressing?
You should never ask a
ladyís age (Laughing) I am 31. I have always been cross-dressing
as far back as I can remember.
do you buy yours clothes?
It tends to vary there
is a great shop I go to in London and I shop in Ibiza.
Mostly I design my own outfits and have them made for
leads you to choose the styles you wear?
Usually depends what mood
I am in. What ever I wear it is always colour co-ordinated.
I get ideas from all over the place then just put them
you have one look or many images?
Over the years I have had
many looks. I donít like wearing the same thing too often
I do have my favourites though. I like to mix and match
images so it confuses people.
make-up and hair important to you and if so how do you
achieve your look?
It is important because
I am presenting a character, so I need to look good. It
has taking me a long time to get it right. In the early
days it did tend to be a bit hit or miss. When I see other
cabaret artists I always looked at their make-up and get
my ideas from them, and I have also had the chance to
work with some of them so in the dressing room I watch
them put theirs on. As a hairdresser I find it easy to
style my wigs I have got blisters from all that back combing,
what degree do you practise hair removal, and other body
I donít completely remove
all body hair just in the main places i.e. face, underarm
and chest but this depends what I wear as some of my outfits
donít require me to shave - I am a lazy madam. When I
do show my chest it is shaved and I use padding to give
me my boobs, which I enhance with make-up. That is about
as far as it goes.
knows that you dress?
Everyone I think as I have
appeared on television and I have worked on the cabaret
often do you dress and if you go out where to?
Lately I have not been
doing it as much as I am trying instead to get my website
going. When I do I go out it is in Brighton, local bars
and clubs where most people know me. Fairly recently I
was involved with the show La Cage at the Theatre Royal
which was good fun and of course I am always at Pride
much of a sexual turn on is trannying for you?
I donít find it a sexual
turn on at all as my character is non-sexual but I do
get a buzz out of it in other ways.
is your definition of feminine?
I donít really have a definition
of feminine, I think there is a bit of it in everything
if you look for it. Some of my outfits are feminine and
some are quite butch and when put together it can be quite
what degree do you feel gender dysphoric?
None. I like being a man
who just happens to wear high heels, big hairdos and fabulous
frocks Eva is a character.
what degree would you consider permanent hair removal,
hormones, and surgery?
I have never considered
it. I have many friends who have done all that and I admire
one piece of advice would you give to someone that has
just found they are not the only tranny in the world?
Get that frock on and get
out there the more the merrier. We are such a diverse
community we all need to help and support each other and
enlighten others so there is more understanding.