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Joey Mead King Says She Thought Of Dressing *More Manly* During Her Wife Angie's Transition

'It was very confusing, it was very painful.'
Joey Mead King talks about her wife Angie King's transition
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Joey Mead King enjoys what one would call a dream nowadays: a peaceful, all-day R&R lifestyle with the love of her life, Angie King, at their aeroponic farm. But amid all the serenity, the '90s fashion icon shares that her journey hasn't always been an easy, carefree one. Enter: her newly-launched memoir entitled Runaway Model, published by Summit Books.

In an exclusive press conference, Joey candidly talked about her upcoming book and the excitement in store. “Doing the memoir is kind of a salute to the industry. It is the salute of my experiences in all the years of being on the set to what it’s really like for me as a human being and how I perceive it all now,” she tells Preview.

Aside from her experiences as an internationally-acclaimed model—leading her to become casual acquaintances with the likes of Keanu Reeves and Gerard Butler—Joey also shared her eventful love life. Not a secret to many, Joey’s relationship with her wife Angie had its fair share of struggles—including acceptance of her controversial transition as a transwoman.

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A famed entrepreneur and race car enthusiast formerly known as Ian King, Angie publicly came out in 2016. “It was very confusing, it was very painful. I feel many people think that ‘Joey, you’re so brave, good on you. Love is love.' But it took quite a lot to get to where I am currently today,” the Filipino-Iranian model confesses. 

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It was during the early days of Angie’s transition when things started to feel surreal for Joey, who admitted that they went through some “marriage troubles.” She recalls, “It was the time when she was wanting to be more feminine, and we would take our trips outside the country. And then I would have Angie for a few days, then it would switch to Ian again.”

“I’m the one encouraging her, ‘You need to go out.' And I can’t believe I’m saying this, but at the same time, I was like, ‘No, don’t go outside of the country. Don’t go without me. I’ll do your makeup.’”

Confused, Joey tried to look for online references which can help them navigate uncharted territory. “I couldn’t find anything,” she says, stating the previous lack of published resources on their unique situation. “Even I started thinking, I could just dress more manly and have a more male expression because I thought that we needed to to be in a partnership that one has to be predominantly feminine and the other one has to be predominantly masculine.”

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This, of course, is the product of a coding behavior ingrained in Joey’s mind: a certain assumption that relationships are bounded by gender-specific roles. “That completely got blown out of the water when I started taking out these roles, and just coming down to the actual foundation of what our relationship is—two human beings who have chosen each other. That really was it. I didn’t need any of the add-ons.”

It definitely wasn’t an overnight journey, but as for Joey, their love for each other has always been their north star. “It was just trying to make sense of the madness that was part of it,” she concludes.

Runaway Model by Joey Mead King is available on Lazada and Shopee and at major bookstores nationwide for P495.

This story originally appeared on Preview.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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