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SUPPORT EXQUISITE'S FFS!

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My name is Exquisite, one half of the high femme glam pop duo Sateen. I am a 33 year old transgender woman and lipstick lesbian married to the love of my life, Miss Queen Sateen. I am a musician, performer, artist, activist and nightlife personality. I have been living my truth as a trans woman for a little over a year now and have been on HRT for that same time. I am also a type 1 diabetic.

On November 9, 2017, I am scheduled to have Facial Feminization Surgery, or "FFS". FFS is a set of reconstructive surgical procedures that alter typically male facial features to bring them closer in shape and size to typical female facial features. FFS can include various bony and soft tissue procedures such as brow lift, rhinoplasty, cheek implantation, and lip augmentation.

Faces contain secondary sex characteristics that make male and female faces readily distinguishable, including the shape of the forehead, nose, lips, cheeks, chin, and jawline; the features in the upper third of the face seem to be the most important, but subtle changes in the lips can have a strong effect.  My surgery will include work on almost all of these aspects of my face.  The result will be a more feminine bone structure and general impression to my skull and facial features.

This surgery is both extensive and costly. Because of the current standards and attitudes held in and by our health care system, FFS is not something covered by the basic health insurance that we can afford. My partner and I are full time artists. We make ends meet by renting out rooms in our home, performing our music and hosting nightlife events. We are covering the costs of her procedures 100% out of pocket and are asking for your help to ensure that we can cover the price of my FFS.  Aside from the surgery itself, we need to pay for other necessities such as lead-up visits to various specialists, x-rays, general anesthesia, a nurse, and the cost of being able to live without employment through her recovery. In all likelihood, my face will not be presentable for a month or more.

Queenie and I are humbly asking for any donation that you can spare in order to safely deliver me from surgery and carry me through my recovery.  In exchange for your generosity, we will be offering a series of rewards.  For a donation of $50 or more, you will receive a Sateen t-shirt!  The shirts are white, 100% cotton and available in S, M, L, & XL!  For a donation of $100 or more, we will also throw in a Sateen tote bag, available in pink and canvas color!  The grand prize is available for a donation of $500 or more.  For those lucky donors, you will have a day of glam, getting your makeup done by Miss Queen Sateen herself, hair by Sean Michael Bennett (hair stylist to Sateen!) and a photo shoot with Anthony Urrea!!!  WOW!!!

I have spent so much of my life looking in the mirror, struggling to love the person that I saw.  With FFS, I truly believe that I will be able to see the beautiful person that I know you all see me as.  Thank you so much for all your love, support and anything you can spare.
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Hello friends,

I am only 2 weeks away from my surgery and we are less than $500 away from our goal!!! Thank you again to everybody who has shared and contributed. You have my undying love and affection for all of your support <3<3<3

Fingers crossed, this will probably be my last update before my surgery, and it is a super important one at that! First, we want to get the remaining super special 1-time prizes to lucky homes, so I am lowering the price of the painting, by Andrea Estella (of Mr. Twin Sister), down to $200. And, additionally, we are going to include a shirt with both that prize and the remaining print of me, by Anthony Urrea!!! That means, for $200 you get the painting and a shirt, or for $150 you get the print and a shirt!

In addition to the previous special prizes, I have received a final, 1-time gift, that will go to anybody making a donation of $250, from the out-of-this-world, mega-talented designer, Hana Holquist!!!! She has lovingly created a corset in the style of her most recent designs (see her instagram for an idea of what I'm talking about: @hanaquist). Emblazoned onto the front of the corset is the image of the painting, "Fairytale" (1910), by the painter Franciszek Zmurko (the subject of which will look curiously familiar to some of you ;p ). The corset is not only lovely, but 1 of 2 in a series - the other belonging to none other than ME!!! So, whoever owns this gorgeous garment will be my corset twin!!! The measurements are approximately Bust: 38.5", Waist: 31" and Length: 17"; though, because of the nature of the back, it can be loosened and tightened to fit a slightly larger or smaller sized owner. Even though it is obviously meant to be worn, I will note that this beauty is wearable art and could be just as wonderful as a display piece. A few pictures of the corset in its form as a sculptural fashion, on a dress form, are included in this update.

If you want to claim any of these prizes, please make your donation and quickly follow it with an email to Sateenmusic@gmail.com. This is mostly to confirm that you've won the prize and that we have the right address to which any of these unbelievable prizes will go to! Follow our instagram @missqueensateen, or the list of donations, to make sure you don't end up donating after the 1-time prizes are claimed. Best of luck to you in snagging any of these unreal art objects!!!

Before I go, I just want to remind you all to look out for content on our instagram in the coming weeks and months, as I will be updating everybody on my progress. And again, THANK YOU!!!

Love,

Exquisite
Front view of Hana's corset
3/4 view of Hana's corset
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Hi Everybody!

It has been a while since making an official "update", but it is very overdue. We have a few important things to tell you; but first, we need to say THANK YOU!!! The campaign has been up for just a bit more than a month and we are already sooo close to reaching our goal. We humbly bow down to each and every one of you for all of your contributions.

So many people have shown us so much love by donating and sharing. It has meant so much to both of us, but especially to me, Exquisite. I am a naturally anxious person, but honestly, preparing for and contemplating my surgery has turned me into a full-blown nervous wreck! Though, I must say that having all of you behind me gives me more strength than I can ever express to you. So many of you have not only donated or shared the campaign, but sent me personal messages of love. Each time I read your words (and I read EVERYTHING), I am so deeply touched. I know that, in the moments just before and after my FFS, I will depend on the power that you have all imbued into me through your kind words and actions.

As I mentioned, there are a few important things, which are relevant to this gofundme specifically, that we need to address. . .

FIRST - we have a SUPER special, one-time gift for the first lucky donor that makes a contribution of $250. The prize up for grabs is a picture by our amazing friend, the multi-talented singer from Mr. Twin Sister and incredibly gifted fine artist, Andrea Estella. They have kindly contributed this gorgeous watercolor, gouache and pencil picture, made on paper, which measures 9" x 11.5", and is titled "True". An image of this beautiful work of art is included in this update. If you want to select this as your prize please note this when you donate.

SECOND - we have another mega special one-time gift of photo prints by the amazingly talented photographer extraordinaire, Anthony Urrea! Two lucky donors get to select one of two photos for a contribution $150. His work has lovingly documented Sateen since the beginning. These two pictures are from our most recent collaboration and each measure approximately 5.5" x 5.5", printed on semi-glossy photo paper. Since there are two pictures, we are referring to them as "Exquisite" and "Sateen" respectively. Images of these photographs are included in this update as well. If you want to select one of the prints as your prize please note this when you donate.

***We must note that, due to how special these prizes are, if you select any of the one-time gifts, you will be ineligible to receive the shirt or tote bag gifts (unless you make another separate contribution). Good luck snagging the prize of your preference!

The final thing that needs to be noted is that so many of you have contributed $50 or more and are eligible to receive shirts and tote bags. Anybody that wants to claim their prize needs to specify a few things: 1) what size shirt do you want (S, M, L or XL)? 2) What color tote do you want (natural canvas or pink)? and 3) What address do you want your prize shipped to? In order to confirm these things, we ask that you email us at sateenmusic@gmail.com with all pertinent info so that we can get you the prizes that you all deserve!!! It should be noted that any international donors might need to provide additional funding in order to ship their prizes - so sorry for not designating this sooner. We hope that you understand :( We ask that you email us before the end of 2018 so that we can finalize the list of prize recipients. You should expect that your shirts, totes or any of the one-time prizes will be shipped some time early next year. Also, in order to make sure nobody claims somebody else's prize, you will need to confirm your name and the address that you provided gofundme at the time of your contribution - if you need us to ship to another address that is fine, this is just to avoid fraudulent prize claiming!!!

That takes care of all the business. But before I go, I just want to say that I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart.

XOXO

EXQUISITE
"True", Andrea Estrella (1 time prize)
"Exquisite", Anthony Urrea, 1 time prize
"Sateen", Anthony Urrea, 1 time prize
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Hello!!! Well, it has been an amazing first couple of days. We are almost at $3k already! To those that have donated and shared, Queenie and I cannot thank you enough. If you haven't had a chance yet, please consider donating any amount, sharing, or offering anything else you can think of! We are lucky enough to have some amazing and imaginative friends, so if you're struggling to come up with a monetary donation, get creative! For example, our incredibly talented sister, @emotwink, is offering a stunning sticker/print combo of their iconic illustration of me for only $15!!! 100% of the proceeds will go into this very gofundme, so if you are interested please check it out at http://emotwink.bigcartel.com/ Any other ideas please feel free to contact us at sateenmusic@gmail.com and we will do our best to coordinate and help make your idea work to bring in some funding! But for now, we hope we can entice you by showing you the sticker/print combo and the two colors of tote bags. The t-shirt design will be very similar to that on the tote bags (and our previous shirt design for those that saw it!), so watch out for images of it coming soon! And, just to remind you all, the totes and shirts are hand screen-printed by Queenie and I on our kitchen floor and made with LOVE!!!

XOXO EXQUISITE <3<3<3
Emotwink sticker/print combo!
Sateen canvas tote!
Sateen pink tote!
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