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This is the famous male impersonator, Vesta Tilley, who began her stage career as a boy at about five years old and had success on both sides of the Atlantic. From her teens onward she apparently impersonated dandies, fops and swells with great aplomb and became a favourite of women in her audiences because her songs and skits tended to gently poke fun at the foibles of the male sex. Her manly mannerisms were the result of weeks of study. I'd have stuck to dresses had I been her. Text by…

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