For transsexuals, the brand comes first

Kuala Lumpur: For transsexuals, cost is never an issue as what matters most is looking good.

“It is important for transsexuals to look beautiful as they consider themselves female,” said Sulastri Ariffin, co-ordinator of the transsexual programme at PT Foundation, an organisation that provides support, education and counselling to transsexuals, drug users and sex workers.

She said transsexuals would go straight for branded cosmetics, such as Elizabeth Arden and Christian Dior.

Paying RM80 to RM90 for a lipstick is a norm.

“We do not care about the price of make-up as we want to look great, just like normal women,” she said.

It is common for transsexuals to spend up to RM500 a month on cosmetics.

Their jobs as professional dancers, actors and hairdressers pay enough to support the branded cosmetics “addiction”.