Tranna Wintour: A Star Is Born


This Sunday, at the end of an exciting trip, Tranna Wintour left the house of Big Brother Celebrities with the greatest eloquence, offering us what is undoubtedly one of the best moments on Québec television in recent years.

This queen of the English-speaking scene with roots embedded in the culture underground, an artist who was not predestined to invest in the Quebec star system, quickly became the “discovery of the year” for an audience as large as it was diversified in prime time. And if Tranna reaps a wave of widespread love today, it is precisely because she has decided that she will not commit to anyone.

Reach the general public

“It was impossible for me [de penser] “conquer the public”, to demonstrate that the general public can fall in love with a trans person. I didn’t have that mission, but I tried it anyway,” Tranna said during our interview.

We often hear it: if there is little diversity on screen, it is because the public is not prepared. In the media, at work or in your personal life, queer people know all too well the feeling of having to shrink so as not to offend the sensitivity of people who will only tolerate their difference.

Seeing Mr. or Mrs. Everybody celebrate Tranna on social media was therefore something of a revelation, because it is by giving her the time and space to show who she is, in all her complexity, that the public had the opportunity to fall in love. his spell

“When those in power assume that the general public is not going to understand such a thing, it is a vicious cycle. By making that decision, the general public doesn’t see it, so they don’t even get a chance to find out. But we can see that when given the chance, the chance is there!” he pleads.

Tranna Wintour made a big splash on the Quebec reality show Big Brother Celebrities.
Photo: Sam Blake

take his place

In a now-viral TV moment, Tranna made sure her identity was never questioned: “No matter how I look, I’m myself and that’s it. My pronouns are ‘she’ and I don’t want to be misunderstood at home.”

This statement has relieved a large number of trans people, who also feel pressured to perform their gender at all times so that their identity is respected: makeup, wigs, hair removal, binder Where packaging, things that require a lot of time, money and energy to maintain on a daily basis. Not to mention the fact that movies and TV have long promoted the idea that a trans person is an “incomplete” version of themselves if they don’t have surgery.

“Every trans person’s journey is so different; There is not there is no way to be transTrana argues. That’s why she was afraid to do Eldest brotherbecause I know not to fit in not in the feminine ideal and that I do not to fit in also not ideally trans. […] Beauty standards for cisgender or trans women are very dangerous and violent, limiting EVERYONE. For me, the expression of my femininity is a joy and I don’t want it to be linked to an obligation.

Tranna’s presence in Eldest brother and there was something restorative about the unchanging respect of his co-celebrities: instead of creating new standards, he finally gave us permission to free ourselves from them in our turn.

Birds of a feather flock together

The double-edged sword of on-screen representation is that there seems to be room for just one person of diversity. His friendship with PL Cloutier, in particular, reminded us how important it is for queer people to find respite from one another, a sense of community that is missing despite all the good intentions of the cis-straight people around them.

“For me, PL was a milestone. When he left the house, it was a very difficult moment for me, because even though everything was fine and my fellow celebrities respected and loved me, there was a psychological impact in the fact that I became the only queer person. after he left. […] I can’t speak for him, but I know Eddy. [King] I had a bit of the same experience, being the only person of color in the house for a while, because Karl [Walcott] left at 3me week. So Eddy also missed his milestone at the community level very early in the play, And that’s really not easy.”

Reality shows demonstrate this perfectly: reassuring connections are quickly formed between people who share a common experience, references, and humor. Quoting Lysanne Richard, Tranna explains that we have seen this phenomenon with the alliance of “Cool Kids”, people of the same generation connected by similar life experiences. This ability to instinctively group up is a valuable advantage in a game like Big Brother Celebrities. It is also a disadvantage for people of cultural, bodily and sexual diversity, often deprived of natural allies by the choice of foundry.

Yet Tranna stood out as a formidable player who defied all odds, a fervent feminist who staunchly championed an alliance feminine power until its harrowing elimination.

It was only a dream

Faced with such television consecration, the best is yet to come for Tranna Wintour. One of the most beautiful things that she brought him Eldest brothershe says, it’s the freedom to only take on projects that really turns her on.

She particularly dreams of creating a one woman show in English and French that she could present on tour, like the divas that inspire her. A tour would also revive her cult shows, which have only been able to perform two or three times on the Montreal stage.

Those who have had the pleasure of listening the podcast Chosen Familyco-hosted with the excellent Thomas Leblanc, we also know that Tranna is an immensely talented interviewer whose eloquence is well established.

“My craziest dream, since my childhood, is to have my talk show“, she adds.

It seems that the stars are well aligned.

Need activity ideas? Sign up for our weekend newsletter!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *