My name is Jess Verlaine, and I'm a late-30's part-time crossdresser from western Canada. Crossdressing comes in many different "flavors" and I would probably categorize myself as a "fetish" crossdresser. I enjoy dressing as a way of exploring my sensual side. This usually means I dress up in anything from a conservative office outfit, to an intense PVC & fishnets costume!
Like many crossdressers, my journey has been long and filled with many highs and lows. I first had feelings about my female side when I was just 6 years old. This later evolved into experimenting with lingerie when I was a teenager. But like many of us, I was filled with guilt and disgust at my behaviour and would go through various "purges" and get rid of all my girl stuff, vowing to never dress again. Well, we all know how that story ends, don't we?
Later on, in my late 20's, I started to accept my female side. I decided to quit hating that part of myself and I consciously took steps to embrace it. This was much healthier for me mentally. I also started experimenting more and more with developing a complete "look". This took a lot of work but it has been a lot of fun as well.
I only dress occasionally because my wife is not 100% supportive and I have to respect her feelings. I try to keep a positive and healthy balance between being a good husband and being "Jess".
I think it's unfortunate that society's views of sexuality and gender are rigid and insensitive. It is estimated that 10% of males experiment with crossdressing to various degrees, and most of us have to keep that side of us hidden. That's why I have tried to set up a presence on the internet, so I can make contact with other CD girls and provide friendship and support. Thanks for reading my bio!
Click on Jess’s portrait below to go to her Flickr page.