Category: Transgender How To

Retro Rerun: Five Tricks to Enhance Feminine Voice

| Jun 24, 2019 | 2 Replies

The late Roberta Angela Dee wrote a number of articles for TGForum back in the 1990s with information on how to look, act and talk in a feminine manner. Her tricks and tips were alway well read on the site. Today we bring back an article from 1996 as our Retro Rerun. Roberta had five tricks to talking in not just the correct pitch but ways to learn how to enhance what you are saying with appropriate hand gestures. And she emphasizes the importance of laughter and smiling in feminine communication.

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My Transformation Room

| Jun 17, 2019 | Reply

There is one very important room in Pauline’s house. It the guest room bathroom. That’s where the important process of transforming into Pauline takes place. In this post Pauline writes about all the steps she goes through in her transformation bathroom. From shaving all body hair to her technique for shaving her face and the steps she takes in makeup application, it’s all here in today’s post.

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Doing Your Face

| Mar 25, 2019 | Reply

This is a Retro Rerun from the TGForum Archives. Stacy B. Haven wrote an article for our Mirror Mirror feature on how to do your makeup. It appeared on our website in 1997. Good advice is timeless though and her thought’s from the 20th century are still applicable today for the crossdresser or trans woman who wants to look her best.

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Prep Your Skin Before Makeup

| Feb 4, 2019 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving great skin. Before you apply any makeup you need to take a few steps that will improve the overall look of you skin when you go out to have fun.

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Fashioning a Fashionable Waist

| Dec 31, 2018 | Reply

Today Pauline Estelle has TGF tips on how to create a slim looking waistline. If diet and exercise will not work for you Pauline recommends several undergarments that may do the trick and she has examples of the kinds of dresses, skirts and tops that can be worn to camouflage an unfortunately masculine figure. See if her waistline control tips work for you.

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Make Up — How you may or may not apply it

| Nov 5, 2018 | Reply

Today Pauline Estelle shares makeup tips she has gathered over the years. From the basics like preparing your canvas by cleaning it, getting rid of manly beard hair, and moisturizing to more advanced topics like color choices, application techniques and contouring, Pauline touches on all to do with makeup.

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Kim’s Adventure Time — 4 Tips for Improving Your Presentation

| Oct 15, 2018 | Reply

Kimberly Hirschel offers four resources for those exploring their feminine side that help crossdressers of trans women become more confident and able to mix with the general population. These things have worked well for her and she shares them today. Read on and see what the advantages of each resource is and how they could help your feminine presentation.

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Retro Rerun: Waist Cinchers and Corsets

| Sep 3, 2018 | Reply

The late Roberta Angela Dee contributed many articles to TGForum in the 1990s. All were good lessons on how to better perfect your femininity. She covered everything from flattering clothing fashions to makeup application, wig care and more. In today’s Retro Rerun we present her article on achieving a female figure through corsetry and waist cinchers. In the original article she had recommendations for purveyors of fine corsetry. Almost all of her recommendations are no longer in the business. Roberta’s tips on how to change your shape from a rectangle to a pear are still good today.

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Fashion for Trans Girls Over 50

| Aug 13, 2018 | 1 Reply

Just you’re no longer a “spring chicken” doesn’t mean you have to become a dowdy old lady. Today women over fifty have many fashion options they can explore. Finding the looks that work for you and say that you’re an attractive, vital woman who isn’t done having fun can be as easy as an internet search. But it’s helpful to have a guide. Someone like our own Pauline Estelle. Today she gives you some pointers on fashion for those over fifty.

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The Occasional Woman — Halloween and Thrift Shops

| Aug 6, 2018 | Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman behind The Occasional Woman seamstress and custom costume service, takes on two topics and they are connected. First she brings up the fact that Halloween, the holy day of obligation for crossdressers, is coming in just a few short months. Then she tells you how to shop for costume pieces and accessories in thrift shops.

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Accessories Polish an Outfit

| Jun 25, 2018 | 1 Reply

Pauline Estelle and her wife Gail have put together a slideshow of how you can take a basic dress or skirt and top and add accessories that can make the basic look more dressy, or keep it casual. A little black dress by itself projects class. Add a statement necklace, long earrings and a glittery clutch handbag and you have something to wear to that fancy dinner or cocktail party. The same dress with a simple scarf can be worn for shopping trip or lunch at your favorite restaurant. See all the looks in Pauline’s blog.

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The Occasional Woman — Passing Tips

| Jun 18, 2018 | 1 Reply

Today Lorraine Anderson, the woman in charge at The Occasional Woman seamstress service, talks about what she saw when she to a party for trans people. She observed attendees who were otherwise well dressed as women walking like guys. Shoulders were hunched forward and high heel shod feet were planted apart. Then there were the body language errors she observed while attendees were sitting down. Lorraine will go into everything in much more detail and if your goal is to be accepted as a woman in public you should make note of what she says. As a bonus we include a video of a group of men who are trying to walk in high heels for the first time. It illustrates some of Lorraine’s comments.

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West Coast Adventures

| May 21, 2018 | Reply

In her last post Kimberly told us about her move to the west coast and how she began to experiment with venturing out in public very early in the morning in her office attire. Today she talks about how she has evolved in her presentation as Kimberly’s adventures continue.

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How To Wear Black and White

| Apr 30, 2018 | Reply

Tired of all black, well there’s nothing chicer—or easier—than styling an outfit that’s purely black and white. Both bold and classic, black-and-white combinations are understated enough to work for any event on your calendar. Coco Chanel once said that black and white’s beauty was “the perfect harmony,” that women “think of all colors except the […]

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How To Make Floral Prints Work For You

| Apr 2, 2018 | Reply

Spring is in the air and a lady’s thoughts soon turn to how pretty and feminine she will look in lovely floral print outfits. But not all ladies know how to pick the floral pattern that works best for them. What to do? Turn to our Fashion Maven Tasi Zuriack for all the information you need on picking the right print in the style that will flatter you, and how to accessorize you floral print outfit for optimum flower power.

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Tips on Passing for Older Girls

| Mar 26, 2018 | 2 Replies

When we’re young it’s easier for some males to make themselves pretty and be passable females. Those who have the advantage of a smaller frame or shorter stature can feminize themselves fairly well. As we age, after a certain point, we may not be able to continue to present as head turning hotties but we may be able to blend in more seamlessly. Why? Age causes features to soften and we actually get shorter. In many cases senior women and men are only differentiated by a little makeup and a different type of clothing. Pauline Estelle has some tips on how to take advantage of your senior status to just be one of the older girls.

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Transition on the Down Low

| Mar 19, 2018 | Reply

This post finds Natalie Nicole already starting her transition in the workplace and with friends. Starting HRT began to make changes to her body that were hard to conceal. But she hadn’t told her family about the big change that was underway. Today’s post is all about how she started HRT, came out to some friends and fellow employees and how she navigated the waters of transition while hiding it from her family.

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Before Stepping Out

| Jan 29, 2018 | Reply

Today Kimberly offers advice on preparing to take that big step that takes you out of your closet and into the world. Before you jump into a dress and heels and walk out the door there are some things you need to check, and some questions you need to answer. Are you ready to go public? Have you practiced being feminine? Is your outfit attractive but bland enough to blend in with the other women you will be mingling with? I you bread cover working? Have you worked on a feminine voice if someone asks you a question? If you get “read” will you run home? If people point at you and laugh will you be upset?

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Am I Acting?

| Jan 29, 2018 | Reply

If you weren’t socialized from an early age as a female you may have to work at presenting yourself to others as a woman. Women are raised soaking in culturally imposed gender related behaviors that trans women don’t get exposed to. Trans women often spend too many years learning to hide their femininity so as to fit in with societal expectations of how they should behave as men. Christine Burr came to understand that she was female after she reached middle age. She had to work to acquire the traits of a mature woman and new when she is expressing her true gender she is left wondering if she is acting.

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Sound Like Your True Gender!

| Jan 15, 2018 | Reply

Marc Mitnick is a speech therapist based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He blogs here on TGF with tips and techniques to help our readers develop their feminine voices. Today he has more ideas to help create that feminine voice. Among them: singing, using a recorder to listen to how you sound to others, and other ways to use your facial muscles and body language to come across as a female.

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Transgender Voice Modification Therapy

| Dec 25, 2017 | Reply

So you’re all dressed up and looking good as an attractive woman should but you’re too worried to go out of the house and mingle with the rest of the world for fear that your male voice will give you away and trouble will ensue. There are two remedies for that and one requires doing a lot of work to achieve a believable feminine voice that matches your look. Speech therapist Marc Mitnick discusses the surgical and therapy options. Whether you are a part time girl or a trans woman finding your feminine voice is important.

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Gender Border Crossings

| Dec 4, 2017 | 1 Reply

Kimberly lives a duel existence. She is a male at home and at work but crosses the gender border to go on outings in the real world as a female. She cherishes her time out and about en femme and she has developed methods to avoid unwanted scrutiny from the neighbors. She is an advocate of having a plan for your feminine excursions that will get you out of your house discreetly and safely home.

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Have a Scary but Comfortable Halloween

| Oct 30, 2017 | Reply

Lorraine Anderson, the costumer behind The Occasional Woman, is all about costumes and Halloween fun. She has been making costumes and wearing costumes for as long as we’ve known her. In this pre-Halloween post she brings up the things you need to keep in mind as you prepare to dazzle the world in that Wonder Woman outfit or Emma Peele cat suit. Will you be able to relieve yourself and get back into your costume? Will those shoes allow you to walk normally all night or will you turn into a limping disgrace before midnight? Read on for Lorraine’s guide to a sensational, trouble-free Halloween.

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Retro Rerun — Foundation: Where It All Begins

| Oct 30, 2017 | 2 Replies

Our Retro Rerun is a how-to on foundation makeup written by then TGF editor Cindy Martin. It was published on our old website in 1996. As with all our Retro Reruns much of the advice remains applicable today. Some of the terminology is dated but that just adds some fun. The original post ran in two parts but we put them together for you today in one tidy package. Enjoy.

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Halloween Costume Guide

| Oct 23, 2017 | Reply

Everyone, or a least a substantial portion of the population, enjoys putting on a costume and becoming someone else on Halloween. That’s especially true for girls like us. Many may seek to blend in for the rest of the year but on Halloween they can become fabulous feminine archetypes and show off their glamor. As our founder JoAnn Roberts said, “Halloween is a holy day of obligation for crossdressers.” But we all want to look our best on the big night and sometimes that can be hard. Trans blogger Faith DaBrooke has put together a costume guide for trans girls and we are happy to present it here.

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Retro Rerun: Blush: Easy To Do Right . . . And Wrong

| Sep 25, 2017 | Reply

Today we dive deep into the TGF Archives to 1996 to pull out an article by founding editor Cindy Martin. Her topic was blusher. How to do it correctly so you don’t look like a painted doll. Keep in mind that this was written in the late 20th century and we’re getting on into the 21st, but the tips Cindy wrote back then can still be helpful. Keep in mind your blush should be subtle during daylight hours. At night it needs to be heavier but not war paint.

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