Friday, November 28, 2008
Mimi Marks Biography
Mimi Marks is a transsexual entertainer. She performs at The Baton Show Lounge in Chicago, Illinois.
Mimi was born in Waterloo, Iowa, but lived in Oelwein, Iowa, as Mark. In 1986, Mimi won her first pagaent title; Ms. Waterloo 1986. After undergoing some sex-reassignment surgeries (to date Mimi still hasn't had complete sexual reassignment), Mark became Mimi. According to Trantasia , a transsexual beauty pageant documentary that aired on ITV in Thailand, she has lived as a woman since she was 21 years old.
Mimi has kept Iowa close at heart, returning often to visit family and friends. For many years she was the star attraction at Waterloo, Iowa's Community AIDS Assistance Program (CAAP) Annual Benefit, a relatively huge affair to raise funds for northeast Iowa's AIDS and HIV community. Most recently she appeared as the master of ceremonies for a talent show held by P-Flag in the town where her oldest brother moved to in north central Iowa.
Mimi is reported to have been the first ever openly transsexual runway model, working for the Ford Modeling agency. She is also reported to have dated Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls, briefly.
As a boy, she recalls feeling "uncomfortable in her body," and had the "most difficult time" in her physical education class because, she says, "I didn't fit in at all."
Mimi says that, for transwomen in Chicago, the test of whether they can pass as women is to appear in public at Wrigley’s Field, home of the Cubs: “"If you could walk through Wrigley-ville, like, during a Cubs game and not get 'spooked,' and not have anybody call you out, you were like the 'girl-iest' girl, you made it. I called [a friend] and said, 'I am at a Cubs game on first base, eleventh row. I made it. I'm a girl!'"