In the Chinese blockbuster Lost In Thailand that recently took China by storm (and opens in Bangkok on Feb 7), one of the most memorable scenes is when two male characters meet a beautiful woman endowed with the figure of a supermodel at a temple. The woman, they later learn, is actually a transsexual. It's one of the film's big jokes. Long before this movie was released, in the eyes of many foreign visitors the Thai transgender community was one of the unique characters of this country _ unique, bizarre, fascinating, exotic, etc.
An exhibition, that opens tomorrow at Gallery Chez Pepin and is put together by French photographer Simon Kolton, pursues the same thread. Dubbed "Cabaret", it is the first exhibition in which the Frenchman tries to give his take on the beauty of Thai transgenders, but in a more honest and touching way.
Life spoke to Kolton ahead of the opening.
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