Indonesian trans women hold fashion show against plastic pollution

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01/18/2024

In the heart of Jakarta’s slums, a vibrant transgender community is using fashion to shine a light on their lives and the challenges of living in a densely populated, polluted city. Picture this: on a makeshift catwalk, surrounded by curious neighbors, these incredible women strut their stuff. Their outfits? Imagine colorful dresses crafted from plastic cutlery and bottles. And, to add a touch of holiday cheer, some garments are transformed into festive Christmas tree ensembles. All of this is the brainchild of Mama Atha, the visionary behind the Sanggar Seroja dance studio and the de facto leader of the transgender community in Duri. The community, comprised mainly of buskers and makeup artists, affectionately refers to themselves as the “Trans Super Heroes.”

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