Friday, 19 July 2013

Interview with Lisa Heart


Monika: Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Lisa Heart, a British model and remarkable woman. Hello Lisa!
Lisa: Hiya and hello to all out there!
Monika: Could you say a few words about your career so far?
Lisa: Well, I started off in the Adult Industry doing films etc, but I have always felt all girls like me should be doing more than just that.
Monika: How did you start modeling?
Lisa: I met someone from the shemale yum website and he took my 1st pictures, they were not porn just general catalog pics really, but I really enjoyed it.
Monika: Do you have any favourite models?
Lisa: Erm, not really.
Monika: What is the usual reaction of the other modeling girls when they find out about your transgender history?
Lisa: They mainly go WOW!!!
Monika: What is your dream modeling experience?
Lisa: To go to some big model agent and get some modeling work in fashion and interesting photographic projects that pay.
Monika: While preparing yourself for photo sessions, does anyone help you with your outfits, make-up and hair?
Lisa: Yes, my very good friend Leanne, she is a makeup artist and model herself. But sometimes I do it myself. She is on Facebook at leannejessicaessex.
Posing for one of many photoshoots.
Monika: What essentials are in your model bag? :)
Lisa: Foundation coverage as I am still having laser for my face hair. Concealer, small bottle of perfume, powder and lippy.
Monika: What kind of clothes do you wear every day? Do you have your favourite fashion brands, colours and styles?
Lisa: I like to look a bit trendy but in my own way. Lilac is my fave color; I wear denim jeans sometimes I like also denim shorts with vest tops with my converse shoes, I LOVE CONVERSE ALLSTAR SHOES!! 
Monika: What would you recommend to aspiring transgender models, dreaming about such a career as yours?
Lisa: Keep thinking of ideas, get a nice photographer who is not a pervo and asks to come round your place for a shoot!
Try and also think of a project you can may sell or exhibit as a show, to make it worth your and the photographers while.
Monika: In general what do you think about the situation of transgender women in the British society?
Lisa: We are more accepted now and I think it's time to branch out into straight society and that’s why I created TEAM TG to get a group of us together and go to events, have fun and enjoy.
Monika: At what age did you transition into woman yourself? Was it a difficult process?
Lisa: Around 20, yeah it was a little difficult as paying for laser is expensive and I did not feel quite whole with that still there so that had to stay but my mum knew already as she had found clothes under my bed but dad did not know but once I was out to them it was OK, dad was not too impressed though.
Monika: At that time of your transition did you have any transgender role models that you could follow? What was your knowledge about transgenderism?
Lisa: Non really as the Internet was still young and I had no real direction , all I knew was that I was different. 


Monika: What was the hardest thing about your coming out?
Lisa: Coming out to family really.
Monika: Transgender ladies are subject to the terrible test whether they pass as a woman or they do not. You are a beautiful woman yourself but how about other transgender ladies that have to struggle every day to pass?
Lisa: I really admire them and on a recent trip to the Sparkle event in Manchester, it was so nice to see them enjoying themselves and so relaxed and not worried what people may think, so what really.
Monika: Do you intend to get married? Could you tell me about the importance of love in your life?
Lisa: I am more concentrating on my projects at the moment that my Boyfriend Bill and I are working on. Love is important and surround yourself with friends and you will never be alone as it’s the worst thing to be alone when you get older.
Samantha and Lisa posing for TEAM TG
in front of KITT at Sparkle 2013.
Monika: Many transgender ladies write their memoirs. Have you ever thought about writing such a book yourself?
Lisa: Yes, and we have a draft written but we did not have a publisher say yes to it yet.
Monika: Are you active in politics? Do you participate in any lobbying campaigns? Do you think transgender women can make a difference in politics?
Lisa: Not really into politics but I think we can all make a difference if we are willing to get off our butts and do something!
Monika: What would you recommend to transgender women that are afraid of early transition, discrimination and hatred?
Lisa: Make sure it’s what you really feel and talk to someone about it. 
Monika: What is your next step in the present time and where do you see yourself within the next 5-7 years?
Lisa: Well, next step is to make TEAM TG bit bigger, get the project am working on done ready for Erotica this year then try to get in to television somehow to talk about my experiences.
In the coming years I would love to see TEAM TG working out and gathering more members so we can go out in our group and even the ones that feel a bit nervous about going out can join us and just helping those to go out and enjoy. The group can be found on Facebook and our website is www.teamtguk.com.
We do a lot of car shows as we feel that these events are fun and you can bring your special cars to them and it’s an easy way we can all meet up as a group then go for a cruise to a bar/club. I had no one to go out with on my 1st outing back when I was 18 and forming this group may help as its cool, fun and exciting, I think.
Monika: Lisa, thank you for the interview!

All the photos: courtesy of Lisa Heart.
 Done on 19 July 2013
© 2013 - Monika 

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