Be the sister you never had! Here's the naked truth about cross-dressing in a fun and philosophical guide for would-be girls - and real girls, too.
“For every woman who burned her bra, there is a man ready to wear one”, says Veronica Vera, who founded Miss Vera’s Finishing School for Boys Who Want to Be Girls in 1992 as a resource for the estimated three to five percent of the adult male population that feels the need, at least occasionally, to dress in women's clothing. (Judging from calls to her academy, however, Miss Vera would say that figure is low.)
From the pink palace of the academy's intimate Manhattan campus, Miss Vera and her faculty have transformed hundreds of students eager to explore their Venus Envy through expert instruction in the arts of making up, dressing up, and behaving like a lady.
With sparkling wit, and tasteful decorum that would make Amy Vanderbilt proud, Miss V enlightens us on topics including body hair (never attempt to wax yourself), body building (the truth about falsies), and creating a herstory (finding the femmeself within), as well as walking in high heels (the course that has the real girls clamoring to enroll), and taking that biggest step of all - going out in the real world, all dressed up. Filled with photographs, and dozens of real-life stories from students and alumnae, the book also includes a history of how the academy came to be, and is peppered with keen insights that amount to nothing less than a gender manifesto for the twenty-first century.
“As we boldly step toward the millennium, many more of us will be doing it in high heels”, declares Veronica Vera. Miss Vera’s Finishing School For Boys Who Want To Be Girls is a high-heeled step in a new direction, certain to delight and educate the converted and the curious as well.