Loving me some TRANSform Me!

By: Joe Thompson

While watching RuPaul's Drag Race on VH-1 the past couple weeks (we don't get LOGO on Dish Network) we saw an ad for TRANSform Me. It's basically Queer Eye meets Tim Gunn's Guide to Style meets What Not to Wear, but with three trans women. Here's the deal:

TRANSform Me is a makeover show in which a team of three transgender
women, led by the inimitable Laverne Cox (I Want To Work For Diddy),
rescues women from personal style purgatory. Laverne and her ultra-glam
partners in crime have undergone the ultimate transformation, so they're
the perfect women for the job.

Okay, so I'm totally clueless as to why the press info doesn't say the other girls' names, but Jamie Clayton is the hot white chick and Nina Poon is the hot Asian. Here's what I love about this camptastic show:

  • They travel the country in a "transbulance" (that's a converted ambulance trannies drive).
  • Every time they get out of the transbulance they act like they're running to a crisis. Much hair flipping ensues.
  • They say things in unison, and it feels pretty natural.
  • Every moment is a chance to make an entrance. In last week's episode the three rode up an escalator frozen in super model poses. No explanation, just fabulousness.
  • They don't make the kind of bitchy comments you might hear coming from a drag queen; instead, they're more about celebrating the woman. They still use gay camp language but it's done to lift up, not tear down.
  • And what I love THE MOST is that you can actually have a show about three trans women on TV at all.

Transform_me I know some trans people on YouTube aren't happy with the trio (of course, you rarely get people leaving compliments on the Internet, anyway). Some think Laverne looks too much like a drag queen (Judge much?), others think the disco ball is stereotypical gay (No, that's VH-1 and their tight-ass budgets, FYI). But the show isn't offensive, it's not painting trans people as freaks but as saviors, and isn't that kind of exposure better than not having any trans people on TV at all?

Check out the show, decide for yourself. You can watch episodes on the TRANSform Me website.

Here's the commercial teasing the show:

While looking for the commercial I also found this great behind-the-scenes video from Fierth. In it, Mike Diamond chats with the lovely stars.