Monday, September 2, 2013

Genesis P-Orridge And Lady Jaye Plastic Surgery Disaster

British industrial musician and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge (birth name: Neil Andrew Megson) and his late wife, Lady Jaye (birth name: Jacqueline Breyer) marked their ten-year anniversary by having undergone a series of plastic surgeries to literally become each other!

Beginning in 2003, Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge got matching breast implants, nose and cheek jobs, liposuction and other operations that helped them look like twins.

After getting married with Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge in 1993 and relocating to the New York burrough of Queens in the US in January 1996, Genesis and Lady Jaye began an ongoing experiment in body modification which they called "project Pandrogeny" to become "Breyer P-Orridge", an entity described as an "amalgam" of their two selves.

"We view Breyer P-Orridge as a separate person who is both of us," Lady Jaye explained, adding: "Neither of us take credit for the work, the work is a melding of both of our ideas which we would not have had singly. Both of us are in all of our art. That third being, Breyer P-Orridge, is always present".

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge continued this project after the death of Lady Jaye from stomach cancer in 2007. P-Orridge identifies using the pronouns s/he, h/er, and h/erself.

In a 2011 interview with The Village Voice, Genesis P-Orridge, now 63, described Queens, where the pair shared a brownstone residence that Breyer P-Orridge had bought in Ridgewood, as an "ideal" area for the enactment of such an experiment:

"We arrived as husband and wife, me still dressing and technically behaving male, and all the local shopkeepers who knew Jaye from being a kid, all the neighbors…And then over the years, we transformed more and more until we were both running around in miniskirts, dressed the same, and none of them said anything! 

Except in the pharmacy, where very politely, one of the Pakistani guys we knew very well there…he says one day: "Hope you don't mind me asking, but you probably want us to say "Miss P-Orridge" now, don't you?" We said: "That would be good!" And that was the one time anyone even mentioned that anything had happened."

In 2012, again with The Village Voice, Genesis P-Orridge explained the ethos behind the term "pandrogyne": "We came up with "pandrogyne" because we wanted a word without any history or any connections with things - a word with its own story and its own information."

Genesis P-Orridge revealed to New York Magazine in 2009: "We could have bought a house or something like that. But we're artists. It's not rational."

What do you think of Genesis P-Orridge - Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge's bizarre plastic surgery experiment?

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