FEATURED COVER GIRL
♥ Dayna Demarco ♥
Hi, I am Dayna Demarco. Here is my story. I am a 50 year old Jersey girl who loves getting getting dolled up and being feminine. I am married to a wonderful wife who hates the thought of Dayna but has slowly accepted her being as she has come to grips that Dayna is never going away. Will even buy clothes and other items for Dayna from time to time so that is a good thing. As much as I wish it was better I imagine I have it better than most.
Growing up, I knew something was different about me. At an early age, I would put on my mom's pantyhose. During my teen years, when she wasn't home, I would put on her dresses. I knew this wasn't normal behavior. I was glued to the television when Donahue, Sally Jesse Raphael, Geraldo and any other talk show that had on female impersonators, drag queens and crossdressers. I felt I was a freak for heaving these desires to be a girl and felt very alone with no one to talk to about these thoughts and feelings.
I wish Al Gore invented the internet sooner. I would have known there are many others like me. Not only would I have realized there are support groups to help understand how I feel inside, it is also very likely my life would have turned out a lot differently. That being said, I love my wife and family very much and am not unhappy with my life as a husband and father. But I have no doubt I would have pursued my struggles with gender identity.
For my adult years, dressing was relegated to putting on pantyhose and dresses when no one was home. About 8 years ago, I went to a Halloween party dressed as a woman. That night Dayna was born. Although she was always inside of me, it was her coming out party. I felt like I was in heaven and received many compliments on how I looked. I was now hooked. I couldn't wait to dress again. I started to google makeup/transformation services, and in the last 8 years, I have had several makeovers and photoshoots. About 3 years ago, I went out in public with a friend. Since then I have been out several more times.
It is unlikely I will be ever be a spokesperson for our community. There are many wonderful and passionate people out there for that. However, I believe we all have a responsibility to put our best foot forward to promote a positive image and change the mainstream public's perception of who we are. That is whether we are full time or only have the ability to dress and go out on a limited basis. The more we blend in and show we are not a threat, the more people will be open and accepting of us
I realize I cannot change the past but I have learned to embrace who I am and look forward to the continuing evolution of Dayna. I have gone from thinking something was wrong with me during my younger years to the present and seeing the feminine side of me as a gift. I have made some incredible friends and hope to make many more.
Lastly, I would like to thank Rachel for showcasing so many amazing Cover Girls over the years. I am in awe of all of the beautiful cd/tg's out there. I am truly honored and humbled to be selected as a Cover Girl.
Click on Dayna’s portrait below to go to her Flickr page. there.