There are lots of hobbies in the world that many people might consider to be a bit “out there.” One of those hobbies is being a so-called “masker.” Maskers are men who, with the help of specialized, anatomically correct silicone rubber body suits, dress up as doll-like women.
Their reasons for doing so are as diverse as the different styles of clothing and accessories their female alter egos wear. It’s a trend that until very recently has mostly been underground and out of the mainstream.
Most of the men who dress up as maskers are as normal as you or me. Many of them are straight men with regular lives, families, and careers. Some are even married with children.
A custom-made silicone body suit, the kind preferred by the maskers, typically costs about $850 and is manufactured by just one company, Femskin.
The Femskin suits are also anatomically correct, meaning that they come with realistic silicone breasts and a vagina. Of course, the transformation is not complete without a realistic-looking mask. Those can cost up to $500.
An important distinction to make with maskers is the difference between them and the transgender community. Unlike transgender people, maskers don’t feel like they’ve been born into the wrong body.
For them, masking is just a way to have fun.
Last year, the BBC ran a documentary exploring the life of maskers. Check out the trailer for it below.
While it might be easy for some to judge these men harshly for their hobby, it’s basically no different than dressing up for any other event. These men want to have fun and enjoy life. Not everyone enjoys life the same way.
Many maskers are actually quite beautiful. Something tells me that if I passed one of them on the street, I wouldn’t even notice they were wearing a mask. While it’s not everyone’s idea of fun, I think the age-old saying, “to each their own,” applies very well here.