Recommendation: Bill Kaulitz


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I’ve simply fallen in love with Bill Kaulitz – not necessarily because of his music, but because of his utter disregard for gender norms and for his androgyny. He’s a beautiful boy who simply enjoys expressing himself, regardless of the tabloids questioning his sexuality over his eyeliner, long hair, and tight pants.

To see a celebrity—a well-known celebrity—pushing the envelope on gender is refreshing and exciting, especially when he’s doing it on MTV or strutting the runway during Milan fashion week in heels and studded leather.

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Posted by on May 20th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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29 Responses to “Recommendation: Bill Kaulitz”

  1. Ava

    He’s so stunning… ;)

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  2. Mary

    Amazing pic -

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  3. RBG.

    Hahahah I recognized him immediately, my friend is a huge fan of his. He’s a gorgeous person :D

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  4. ari

    I remember feeling, way before I knew very much about non-binary gender, that he would eventually come out as trans. Now of course I know it’s wrong to box someone else into your own idea of their gender, but I still really appreciate that such gender-alternative person is so widely considered attractive by many people who probably don’t know very much about gender politics and genderfuck.

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  5. Louche

    When I first saw him, I thought really cool. But then someone who used to be a fan of glam rock told me that glam rock is composed of a bunch of patriarchal men who happen to wear stereotypically female clothing / make-up / etc. But they think women should serve men? Anyone else know about this?

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  6. ari

    Well, if you want to talk androgynous glam rock stars, you kinda have to bring up David Bowie and Iggy Pop (who “wants to be your dog”). I wouldn’t say all of glam rock is sexist in that way, although I certainly wouldn’t deny that that sentiment does exist.

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  7. Jack

    I’d agree with Ari, it depends. I wouldn’t call glam rock patriarchal, but someone like Iggy Pop was quite a bit punkier and nastier towards the ladies whereas types like Bowie and Mott The Hoople just competed more with women, like who could pull off being more feminine (“Suffragette City”). I think most glam-type rock ‘n’ roll is about successfully blending genders – being powerful like a man, but looking hot like a woman (commercially speaking, heh, I wouldn’t generalise so) and consequently appealling to lots of genders and tastes while still being risqué. That includes encompassing a lot of gender stereotypes, so there’s male masochism but there’s also so-called female cattiness as well. I mean, it’s all rock ‘n’ roll, you know?

    I haven’t really listened to Tokio Hotel, but I know of Bill Kaulitz and think he’s fabulous. Also love his hair – thanks for the post!

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  8. Mak

    I had no idea that glam rock was full of politics and gender issues, but I should have guessed- isn’t everything? I’m just here to say goddamn, he’s pretty. :D

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  9. Shay

    Hey. I have a slightly related comment. So yeah, Bill Kaulitz is androgynous and beautiful. The other day in journalism class,I was working on my article and I heard two other people talking at another table. One, a girl, apparently had Bill up on a screen and was trying to convince the other, a guy, that Bill was indeed a man. The guy didn’t believe her, or acted like he didn’t, and kept saying all this incredibly derogatory stuff based on the fact that here was a guy who looked very much like a girl. He called over to a friend, “Hey, come look at this. That’s a guy. Isn’t that the most messed-up, disgusting human ever?”
    Just because he’s androgynous.
    Now, that hurt. Not just because I like some of Tokio Hotel’s songs, but because here I am, an androgyne,and there’s this guy calling someone messed up and disgusting just because he doesn’t perfectly fit society’s constructed gender rules.
    That sucks.

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  10. Als

    @Shay Wow that does seriously suck, that’s pretty horrible. Someone there sounds messed up, but it’s not Bill! I’m not really into Tokio Hotel, but bending the rules, that’s a beautiful thing. Great picture.

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  11. Milo

    Not my type of music, but oh my god, is Bill amazing!

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  12. Kriskross

    Zory,
    you’re sooo right! I really like him because of that, too. Although, here in Germany, he’s made a lot of fun of because of his gender expression.

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  13. Jenni

    @Shay – it was probably because he found him attractive and it disturbed him.

    No, seriously. So many straight men I know have looked at Bill, gone “wow, she’s stunning”, only to be incredibly shocked when I point out he’s male, and try to backtrack :P

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  14. Kevin

    I found him attractive, before I found out he was a guy. Then I sort of became obsessed. :P

    He used to sound androgynous when he was younger, too. I don’t listen to TH much, but he’s cool.

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  15. Anonymous Pseudonym

    To me he actually looks alot like pre-plastic surgery Pete Burns, which is cool, because Pete Burns is awesome.

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    Happy Cyclops replied:

    Haha, yes! Both are absolutely lovely. Bill is thinner and more feminine, but I so agree!

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  16. Keanan

    I don’t know much of their music but Bill seems very cool. He’s very pretty. I have a lot of respect for him. Reminds me some of Adam Lambert too (very similar fashion choices). It’s really too bad he gets grief for being himself.

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  17. Shay

    @Jenni: hey, that’s an interesting idea, and actually entirely possible.
    @Als: yeah :( Sometimes the people in this world are just so…depressing. I mean, Tokio Hotel isn’t my favorite band or even close, I just like some of their older stuff, but regardless of if you like a band, it’s a cruel and judgmental thing to say.

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  18. Angela

    You guys put a smile on my face when I saw Bill here :) I like TH a lot, and there something that the fans used to say of Bill: “Bill Kaulitz, turning straight man into gays and turning straight girl into lesbians” because most of the guys confuse Bill with a really beautiful girl, and then the little girls that admire him and like him they say: “I feel so lesbian when I look at him!”, again because of his appearance. (I actually thought that he was a girl the first time I listened to him). But you don’t know the best part, and it’s when I try to explain someone that has confused him as a girl that the guitar player is his twin brother ;).

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  19. estefany

    i love th and bill kaulitz!!
    he is amazing ;))

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  20. Liam

    Everybody just loves Bill. Music is pretty mediocre but he looks so damn awesome it more than compensates

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  21. balloonboy

    Bill is amazing, I have never seen any other guy or girl looking this good, he looks stunning in everything. Seriously, any other guy with make up doesn’t look this good.

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  22. Milo

    I know. I sort of want to know how he does it. The shape of his face in other pictures doesn’t really even look all that androgynous to me. This is a particularly good one, but yeah, it’s a wonderful gift I don’t quite understand.

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  23. elmi

    i lobe bill

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  24. Anonymous

    bill kaulitz is gorgeous!! i think he’s so beautiful and i really admire him for daring to be different :)

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  25. Fliss

    stunning smile ;)

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  26. Gomorrha

    I completely agree with everything being said here. He is amazingly beautiful and I love his androginity! <3

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  27. anon1

    Im a dude and I think he’s sexy because he looks so damn good and also guys that don’t like him are just mad because he’s not gay but I don’t care either way: ) and I’m straight.

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  28. Chris

    He is amazing.

    I’m a guy (straight guy) and would love to look as he does. I do consider myself to be quiet feminine though.

    He is my new idol!

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