I don’t do this very often, but I’m going to go all Tosh.0 on you and comment on a couple of videos I spotted this weekend. Actually, it’s one video and two commercials, but they both have the same setting — Las Vegas. I’ll talk about the commercials first, and I imagine you’ve seen them at least once over the past couple of years. They’re for the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, the ones behind the famous promotional tagline “What Happens Here, Says Here.” A while back (the end of 2014, I want to think), they released a couple of ads that are of the same theme: “Be yourself. Or anyone else.” I really enjoyed watching them when they first came out, and I felt that all over again when they aired during the NHL All-Star Game broadcast this past weekend. One of the commercials, both of which are titled “Transformation” (and you’ll see why), centers on one singular woman:
Yes, as the tagline at the end suggests, she is the very same actress in each scene. It’s just that she looks so totally different as she goes from one locale to the next: Beautiful beside the pool. Rockin’ at the magic show. The belle of not one but two fantasy parties. The cutest girl at the club (and, oh, those sleek leggings). Truth be told, I would love to be in her heels and hair in an excursion like this. Yeah, it helps that she has a wig shop and wardrobe (and an advertising agency’s budget) at her disposal. But, still, it’s a fantasy worth imagining, and in a locale that, if the ad suggests, can make it come true — and make it a secret, if necessary.
But hold on there just a second. She’s not the only person doing quick changes from one spot to another. Some handsome guy is doing the very same thing:
Yes, he’s the same guy in each of those settings. And not only does his appearance change, his hair and beard grow progressively shorter, from that caveman look in the pool scene to that clean-shaven spiked-up look at the rock concert. It’s somewhat different from the girl’s side of things; she’s going from one hairstyle to another.
Speaking of “the sides of things,” watch both commercials and you discover what really makes both ads pop (other than the transformations, of course): That guy and that girl are walking past each other, or are at least in the same vicinity of each other; they’re turning at each other to smile, do a double take, or briefly think, “Hey, I think I’ve seen that person before.” And things come to a happy ending, if you want to call it, when they’re plopping down on that love seat at the end, turn to each other, and exchange admiring looks. They’ve seen each other but didn’t get to say hello until that moment.
But more than their interlocking storylines, my favorite aspect of these ads are, of course, the transformations. In no two scenes to either of these people sport the same exact look. As a crossdresser and someone with a male/female duality, I always marvel at how anyone (male or female) can just transform from one look to another, or in this case, several looks in the span of a 30-second ad. Kudos to these two characters; they’re being who they want to be, they can be anyone they want to be, and they have the freedom to do it in a city as welcoming and accepting as Las Vegas.
But that man and that woman aren’t the only ones who can transform looks in Las Vegas, which brings me to the other video I wanted to talk about. It’s pretty cool in itself, but truth be told, the setting and situation left me scratching my head a little bit. It’s a video of a guy. Who’s transforming into a woman. In plain sight. In a public place. With onlookers. Just watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.
First off, I have to give a major high five to this guy. He does look rather handsome to start off, but his choice of feminine wardrobe and wig just brings the fierce! (Points for already wearing those hot leggings underneath his male mode pants, because, well…) However, as I noted above, he’s doing his transformation in a public place. And not just any public place, but at the baggage claim carousel of the Las Vegas airport. For sure, he does get at least one onlooker gawking his way, along with someone taking his photo and another person appearing to send a compliment his (er, her) way. The really stunning part for me is that airport security (or what appears to be gendarmes in plain clothes) just walks past without noticing (it’s very early in the video; the :10 mark, to be exact). At least for his sake, most everyone else doesn’t may much mind to the quick change.
But what’s the reason for his becoming oh so fabulous? Well, besides the “only in Vegas” belief? No real reason appears to be given on the accompanying YouTube description other than a URL for this website, which is for a high-end customized vacation outfit in Las Vegas. The website indicates they are “part experimental theatre, part Choose Your Own Adventure,” using “masterminds” and professional actors to craft interactive moments and occasions, from bachelor/bachelorette parties to corporate groups to even pranks on an unsuspecting friend or acquaintance you may be vacationing with in Vegas. (Okay, that “dead body in the trunk” prank may be a little too scary.) Perhaps our hot dude’s transformation into a hot woman was part of a prank from this outfit. Whatever the reason, it is quite a daring situation, and quite a hot transformation (even without makeup).