What If Adam Was Eve?

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the woman, and she slept; then he took one of her ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the woman he made into a man and brought him to the woman.
When the man saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, he took some and ate it.
He also gave some to his wife, who was with him, and she ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realised they were naked.

;so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

What If Adam was Eve? Photoshoot Objective: 

To create visuals challenging the
stereotypes related to gendered clothing.
This is the most powerful force
perpetuating the fashion divide; the fact
that we have all been trained from an
early age to regard some clothes as
strictly for men, and other clothes as
strictly for women. And anyone who
refuses to follow this code is seen as
making a huge statement.

The most telling part about all this is
what it says about the value we attach to
masculinity and femininity. When a man
wears pants and trousers most people
will think little of it. The rules are
however very different for men wearing
clothes that are deemed to be for

Put a man in a dress and it’s the stuff of
comedy and ridicule, as if there could be
nothing more absurd than a guy in a skirt.

Underlying these reactions is a profound
disrespect for women and all that we
associate with femininity.

In the end, the “rules” around gendered
clothes aren’t about fashion, or taste.

They’re about how we mark difference,
enforcing and reiterating restrictive
ideas about what it is to be a girl or a boy,
a man or a woman.

Perhaps this is the real issue; that to
challenge the rules of fashion is to
challenge our settled ideas about gender


+ Photography by Lyra Aoko
+ Model Junior Nyong’o 
+ Stylist Brian Msafiri
+ Makeup Artist Valary Mdeizi
+ Studio Aoko Creative