Wendy and Lisa, "Top Hat and Tails"; Los Angeles, 1985
This photo actually came at a slightly controversial time for Wendy and Lisa, the most talked-about members of Prince's original band, the Revolution. Rumors were flying that Wendy and Lisa might be a couple, not just bandmates. It's important to realize how different that time was in regard to celebrities' sexual or gender orientation. I decided to portray them in a style reminiscent of Josef von Sternberg's movie Morocco, which starred Marlene Dietrich as a cross-dressing nightclub chanteuse. And of course, the real trailblazer in playing with gender identity would be the great man himself, Prince, known for wearing women's lingerie onstage. Celebrity, cross-dressing, questioning gender display, all part of life now. But risky business back then.