How are you, Amanda?
And your pussy?
It's good. Famous (laughs).
It's early though, it must be tired?
"I ... Amanda Lepore" doesn't drop until next month, but what can we expect from it?
Different styles of music. It isn't just club music. There's slow songs; there's all different styles.
Will you be exploiting your private parts on any of the tracks?
Um, let me think ... no, I don't think so (laughs).
(Laughs) That's OK. They've gotten enough attention, right?
You're obviously known for your transformation, including a synthetic vagina. Watching a sex change procedure being done on TV inspired you, right?
Well, I heard that it was obtainable - you know what I mean? - but I always wanted to be a girl. There was no question about it. I mean, that TV show didn't put that in my mind; it just kind of gave me direction to where you could go to get it (laughs).
How old were you then?
I think 12.
How did you envision yourself at that age?
I just wanted to be a girl. For a long time, I didn't really (care about) anything except for wanting to be a pretty girl (laughs). I think all through Limelight (a string of nightclubs Lepore performed at), I really was just so happy dressing up and being a glamorous girl and being an "it" girl that I really didn't have any motivation to be anything else (laughs).
Do you feel like a role model to other transgender people?
Definitely. Nobody at the time wanted to call themselves the No. 1 Transsexual in the World. It was something they didn't want to be known as (laughs). Ten years ago, transsexuals (wanted) to blend in; there were more who wanted to blend in on the streets than wanted to be on the cover of Vogue. They would really go out of their way to not do anything too flashy; it was more about meeting a straight man and getting married. I know transsexuals that get a husband or something and go as far as getting married and never tell them. I think it was sort of a goal for transsexuals - for the guys not to know. It's like a game, kind of.
I was the opposite and just said, "Hi, I'm the No. 1 Transsexual in the World," and I probably got that title because nobody wants it (laughs). I think that it really opened the door for transsexuals on TV. I went to a college one time in Ohio and there were girls becoming boys and they had hair on their legs, and they were going to college. When I went to school I had to have a tutor, like I couldn't even go because people just couldn't deal.
Dolly Parton has called herself a cartoon because of all the plastic surgery she's had. So how does being made into a totally different person on the outside change your perception of yourself?
I always got attention even before I did any plastic surgery at all. I was just really striking. People think I did a lot more plastic surgery than I really did; I mean, for a transsexual I don't think I did so much. A lot of transsexuals had way more plastic surgery than me. At least double.
What's real then?
People think that my bone structure is (fake), but I only had one nose job. Everything else is just natural - that's what made me striking was the bone structure, more than anything else. And that's natural.
You've said that you wanted to look as close to Jessica Rabbit as possible.
Well, the blond bombshell, too. But I liked Jessica Rabbit too, because that was even curvier and prettier.
How do you feel about aging?
It doesn't bother me only because I seem to get prettier. I'm one of those people who look better when they're older, so it doesn't really bother me. I definitely look softer and prettier now than I did in the '90s.
Good genes or plastic surgery?