Suddenly Fem Donates $5K Worth of Male-to-Female Trans Fashions to Mazzoni Center

Catalog-cover-2014Suddenly Fem, a fashion and lifestyle catalog that sells clothes and accessories to the cross-dresser and male-to-female transgender community, is all up in Philly this weekend. Not only will it be participating in tomorrow’s fourth annual Philly Trans* March, but the retailer has donated $5,000 worth of clothing to the Mazzoni Center—everything from dresses and heels to jackets and lingerie that are made to fit the male-to-female figure. 

The donation will go to the Center’s Sisterly Love Trans* Wellness Project, which, among other things, seeks to help trans women succeed in the workforce. The trans community has a high rate of unemployed people and many struggle to find the right professional outfit,” says the Mazzoni Center’s Samantha Jo-Dato. “We will make the clothing accessible to women in the trans community who are looking for jobs. We welcome them to stop by and pick out a couple amazing things for their wardrobes.”

That’s one of the goals of Suddenly Fem, too.

“Our hope is that our designs have helped many girls feel confident and empowered as they travel through their journey,” says Vice President Tyler DeSouza. “Suddenly Fem is honored to partner with Mazzoni Center through their Sisterly Love Trans* Wellness Project to help distribute our donation of much-needed shoes, clothes and undergarments. Hopefully some of our suits and professional outfits may give someone a chance at an important new opportunity.”

This is only one in a string of Suddenly Fem‘s local connections. If you’ll remember, local transgender model Mercedes DeMarko won the magazine’s Cover Girl contest last April. Since then she has not only graced several pages, but some covers as well—including the latest, pictured right.