Meet Ladybeard the Bearded Crossdressing Australian Man Taking Japan by Storm

Atmosphere - When you think of the typical Aussie man you certainly don't imagine a fit, hairy Caucasian dude wearing pony tails and tiny women's clothes, which is perhaps what makes 'Ladybeard' so unique! Taking Japan by storm, Adelaide-born Richard Magarey moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to pursue a career in martial arts/stunts. Having been good at drama at school he had decided to become a stunt actor but it wasn't until he got involved in wrestling and adopted a truly bizarre persona that Magarey's career truly took off! After training in a wrestling gym for over two months, the wannabe actor/stuntman showed up for his first match wearing a skimpy Lolita dress and his hair tied in two childish ponytails. He still had his fuzzy beard and hadn't bothered to shave his hairy body either. He recalls sitting back stage and wondering what he was doing but he must have been doing something right because 'Ladybeard' became an overnight sensation! After recommendations from various people that he take the act to Japan, Magarey did exactly that, and he hasn't looked back since! Japan fell in love with him almost immediately! The bearded entertainer credits his manager Naoko Tachibana, Japan's foremost photographer of cross dressers, for a big part of his success in the Land of the Rising Sun. "Naoko started taking pictures of him dressed in kawaii outfits and doing girly poses, and posted them on Twitter. It all took off really fast, and before they knew it, Ladybeard prints were selling by the thousands. He began doing metal covers of popular J-pop songs, and went on tours in all major Japanese cities, building a strong fan-base. Ladybeard says most of his fans are Japanese girls aged 18 to late 20's, but he also has a lot of fans who are children, and even some older people that seem to love attending his gigs. In China, he believes his fans are 50% male and 50% female, while in the West, well, they're just getting to know Ladybeard, so he's not very su - Japan - Wednesday 22nd July 2015 (50 Pictures)


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