There is a great deal of ongoing chatter about the style of clothing worn by Shiloh Jolie-Pitt. The 4 year old daughter of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie generally appears in androgynous outfits that are throwing fuel on the fires of speculation. Recently Thomas Beatie – who is known as “the pregnant man” and is the first transgendered man to give birth – spoke to Life & Style about his opinion on the subject.
When you’re a child, you don’t really have a solid grasp of what male and female are. Unless Shiloh actually identifies as being male, she is not transgender. Gender is largely a state of mind, and I’m sure if asked, she would identify herself as a little girl.”
Thomas did not see himself as belonging to the male gender until he was 10 years old and says that parents should never try to force gender identity on a child. “There was a point in my teenage years when my father pushed me toward modeling,” he says with a laugh. “I think it might have backfired!”
Some insiders who are close to the Jolie-Pitt family told Life & Style that Angelina is pushing Shiloh in a certain direction. However, perhaps Shiloh’s style is simply a new fashion statement. Angelina has even named this masculine approach to dress as “Montenegro Style” and calls her daughter’s choices “fascinating.”
Are we, therefore, looking at serious gender issues or a merely a light-hearted play on fashion?