Lady Gaga is such a follower. We kid, we kid. But most beauty insiders weren’t that surprised by her drag-tastic performance at the VMA’s. Why, you ask? Well, because gender-bending, Victor/Victoria-style hair and makeup is “in” for fall. From bold brows at Yves Saint Laurent to faux-sideburns at Dolce & Gabbana (on right), thewinter 2011 runways were filled with stark looks that ran the gamut from handsome to down-right manly. And, with the exception of mini-pompadours and penciled arches, these looks are not the easiest to pull off. What about you? Will you take your cues from Ms. Gaga’s elaborate lesson that femininity (and masculinity) is only as important as you make it out to be, and try one of these androgynous looks? Article excerpts from Yahoo! Shine * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In all honesty, I love androgyny and I love that it’s getting more acceptable – even if it is being used as a trend. At least it gets people to think. I mean, do we really have to be either masculine or feminine? (Have you seen Australian runway model Andrej Pejic? – plan to see much more of him!). Once we let go of restriction, there is so much more room for expression, creativity and pushing the envelope of what is “normal.” I actually just bought my first pair of “boyfriend” jeans a few days ago. Because, why not? Do women always have to wear body-hugging apparel? Why can’t men wear heels or skinny jeans, if they want to? Are women any less womanly if they refuse to shape their eyebrows or shave their legs/armpits? What about guys who like shaving their legs? Or men with long hair? Why are we willing to put ourselves into boxes for the sake of being accepted on such a shallow level? We need to be what we are, unique and individual. Marketers use images and messages to depict a certain “style.” But it can’t be style. It’s called copying. And we’re not copies. It’s time to rethink normal. We make up society and there are more of us than the people that drive these marketing messages. Why give them the power to dictate what we should look like?