Coloured fabrics of Samoa

Fa’afafine

Fa’afafine are unique to Samoa.

The term fa’afafine refers to men who are raised and identify as females, and means “in the way of a woman”, and has been around since the early 20th Century.

The fa’afafine community identifies as different to the lesbian and gay communities, and fa’afafine is considered a third gender. Some fa’afafine may live entirely as females, while others adopt only some feminine attributes.

Samoa’s annual Miss Fa’afafine Pageant is a very popular event.

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