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15 Celebs Who've Crossdressed For TV

Hollywood has always had an obsession with appearances and apparel, whether it’s the “Who are you wearing?” questions on the red carpet or who gets offered the most lucrative brand endorsement deals.

Hollywood has always had an obsession with appearances and apparel, whether it’s the “Who are you wearing?” questions on the red carpet or who gets offered the most lucrative brand endorsement deals. Apparel is not only a portion of a celebrity’s identity on the red carpet, but also an important aspect of creating a character on film.

Since people tend to use their choices in fashion as a way to express themselves, they don’t always conform to the boundaries set by gender stereotypes. Diane Keaton is one example of a celebrity that doesn’t adhere to gender-specific clothing, and has become famous for her love affair with pant suits, blazers, and men’s ties. Even Angelina Jolie recently walked the red carpet wearing matching suits with Brad Pitt.

However, not everyone has the same relaxed notions behind dressing as the opposite sex. Dave Chapelle famously had an interview with Oprah Winfrey where he discussed a previous experience he had while filming a movie with Martin Lawrence. He reflected on a possible correlation between emasculation and African American comedians in Hollywood. When he discussed his refusal to wear the dress they were requesting, he said “you gotta take a stand.”

Yet, one actor’s conspiracy theory is another actor’s go-to stunt. Whether you find it offensive, effeminate, or hilariously funny, there are a surprising number of celebrities that have cross-dressed both on and off the screen. Check out our list of 15 celebs that have cross-dressed, and see which of your favorite stars have dabbled in dressing as the opposite sex.

15 Chris Hemsworth

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14 Kristin Davis

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13 Jim Parsons

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12 Dennis Rodman

11 Justin Timberlake

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10 Bruno Mars

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9 Lady Gaga

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8 Shawn & Marlon Wayans

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7 Tom Hanks

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6 Channing Tatum

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5 Jimmy Fallon

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4 Eddie Murphy

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3 Jamie Foxx

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2 Martin Lawrence

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1 Tyler Perry

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Although James Brown may be known as “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” Tyler Perry is definitely giving him a run for his money. Actor, producer, director, screenwriter, playwright, and all around Jack of all trade, Tyler Perry’s biggest recognition comes from the character he created after the success of his first debut play. Madea has such character and distinct personality that it can be easy for the audience to forget that she’s just Tyler Perry in drag. Depicted on film and on the Broadway stage, Tyler Perry has made quite a pretty penny portraying the elderly Mabel “Madea” Simmons.

Sources:  www.shape.com; www.dailymail.co.uk; www.usmagazine.com

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