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Aubrey Kate Featured in Latest XBIZ Magazine

 

2017 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Reigns Supreme
by Shawn Alff

It’s easy to see Aubrey Kate now — the modelesque, blonde bombshell — and dismiss her recent awards in the erotic arts as inevitable. It’s easy to say that she was simply born with something other models weren’t, like her photogenic physique and a preternatural ability to hold the camera’s gaze. The story of Kate’s success, however, is no fairytale, but one of a long process of transformation.

Kate grew up in the 1990s in California, splitting her days between attending school in Corona, California, and spending her free time in Laguna Beach. From an early age Kate was aware of her gender dysphoria. She had an insatiable desire for all things pretty and pink: lip gloss, makeup and Barbies. Kate kept her hair in a ponytail and wore her aunt’s high school cheer uniform and gymnastics leotard every day, often under her school clothes.

“A lot of my Southern California family was very supporting and accepting of me,” Kate said, “though I do remember a few fights about letting me play with ‘girl’ toys and playing dress up.”

Outside of school Kate devoted herself to the performing arts.

“Gymnastics and Irish dance were my life growing up,” Kate said. “When I was eight I started performing professionally. I would do a lot of shows at the House of Blues with an Irish band called Fenianian.”

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This is just an excerpt from Shawn Alff's awesome profile on Aubrey Kate in the latest issue of XBIZ! Read more [here].

Photos by Isabel Dresler
Visit Shawn's official website at ShawnAlff.com.

XBIZ 2017 Re-Cap: Unreal

I've had a couple of weeks to let the craziness of XBIZ and AVN 2017 finally set in. I had a quiet moment this afternoon where I was able to sift through my photos and I saw one taken of me at XBIZ's 2017 Industry Exec Awards.

See how weird I look in that picture above? I mean, this is a different type of weird rather than my usual weird self.  Here, I'm overwhelmed with excitement - in fact, I still can't believe I won. The last time I won something, I'm pretty sure I was still in high school.  Thank you to XBIZ and for those who voted for me (on purpose and on accident)! I am floored. 

For me, XBIZ marks the beginning of the crazy conference season. It goes XBIZ, then AVN, and then finishing up with the TEAs. Then I sleep for a week. This year was no exception, Dan (Sparky Snakeden) and I were running all week networking, trying to sit-in on workshops, and taking meetings. 

We did our usual Trans State of the Union roundtable moderated by Steven Grooby as part of XBIZ's conference. We had so many amazing people from our industry come and contribute to the conversation. As always, it was a very lovely and humbling experience for me. 

Anyway! Just wanted to share some of my favorites picture from that week! XBIZ often feels like the first reunion of the year.