Enza Anderson

Enza Anderson

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Enza "Supermodel" Anderson (born in 1964 in Toronto) is a Canadian transsexual political activist and media personality.

Background

Born Enzo Anderson, [cite web|url= http://www.newindpress.com/sunday/sundayitems.asp?id=SEX20070119074715&eTitle=Lifestyle&rLink=0|title= My evening with a Drag queen|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= Rama Rau|date= 2007-01-19|publisher= newindpress.com] she grew up in Toronto, living near Jane and Finch [cite web|url= http://www.thestar.com/article/445060|title= Grand Marshal Enza's outgoing, not outrageous|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= Bruce DeMara|date= 2008-06-23|publisher= Toronto Star] with an Italian-Catholic father. [cite web|url= http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-24918959_ITM?email=jcrowhurst@gmail.com&library=|title= Enza (Anderson) unzipped|accessdate= 2008-06-23|date= 2002-03-01|publisher= Toronto Life]

She initially attended York University to study geography but left due to a combination of lack of interest in the subject and her mother becoming sick. After a one-year hiatus, she attended Seneca College where she studied civil engineering and technologies. After graduation she worked as the quality control supervisor of a concrete pipe-manufacturing plant, but was laid off after five years. She then worked part-time as a bartender at Woody's.

In 1995 she got a job at a hair salon on Yonge Street, which called for her to hand out flyers for the salon to pedestrians in drag. It was during that job that a photo of her kissing then-mayor Mel Lastman ended up on the front cover of the "Toronto Sun"cite web|url= http://www.xtra.ca/public/viewstory.aspx?AFF_TYPE=3&STORY_ID=4952&PUB_TEMPLATE_ID=2|title= Pride grand marshal: Model citizen|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= Chris Dupuis|date= 2008-06-19|publisher= Xtra!] , marking the start of her career in the public eye.

She had breast implants done in 2003 which resulted in her having a 36F bust. [cite web|url= http://www.thestar.com/comment/columnists/article/415835|title= Fitting views on model of tolerance|accessdate= 2008-04-18|author= Joe Fiorito|date= 2008-04-18|publisher= Toronto Star]

Politics

In 2000, Anderson ran for mayor of Toronto. Although the eventual winner of that campaign, Mel Lastman, won over 80 per cent of the vote, Anderson surprised many by garnering 13,585 votes, placing third behind Lastman and Tooker Gomberg. [cite web|url= http://www.gay.com/content/tools/print.html?coll=news_articles&sernum=2000/11/14/2&navpath=channels/news|title= Ontario Gays Cheer Election Wins|accessdate= 2008-06-23|date= 2000-11-14|publisher= Gay.com] She was one of the few candidates besides Lastman, Gomberg and Ben Kerr to gain widespread name recognition in the race, even though her campaign largely consisted of standing on downtown street corners with a handmade placard bearing the slogan "A Super City Deserves a Super Model!".

In 2002, Anderson ran for the leadership of the Canadian Alliance. She was unable to raise the $25,000 required by the party to register as a candidate, and dropped out of the race before the convention which ultimately chose Stephen Harper. [cite web|url= http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-25071053_ITM|title= Drag queen's political bid a bust.|accessdate= 2008-06-23|date= 2002-03-05|publisher= The Advocate]

In the 2003 municipal election in Toronto, Anderson ran for a city council seat against incumbent Kyle Rae and placed second, though she was not considered to be a serious threat against him. [cite web|url= http://www.xtra.ca/public/viewstory.aspx?AFF_TYPE=3&STORY_ID=2248&PUB_TEMPLATE_ID=3|title= Let's see a real race in Ward 27|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= Krishna Rau|date= 2006-10-26|publisher= Xtra!]

Media

Anderson has a column in the Toronto newspaper "Metro", covering local entertainment and party gossip since 2004,cite web|url= http://www.thestar.com/article/444921|title= Enza gets her Marilyn moment|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= Rita Zekas|date= 2008-06-21|publisher= Toronto Star] after she pitched the idea of her doing a column to the editor-in-chief, bringing a mocked-up version of one of her articles complete with "Metro" banner. She was also a fully-clothed guest interviewer in the male version of "Naked News".

She was the subject of a 2003 documentary by Carlos Valencia named "A Man in a Dress" [cite web|url= http://www.jamesweggreview.org/reviews/filmdvdvideo/a_man_in_a_dress.html|title= Against All Odds|accessdate= 2008-06-23|author= S. James Wegg|date= 2004-05-20|publisher= jamesweggreview.org] , and was also interviewed speaking about her spirituality on Vision TV's "Credo". [ [http://www.visiontv.ca/Programs/Enza/CredoEnza1.htm Enza "Supermodel" Anderson] ]

Anderson was chosen as grand marshall of Toronto's 2008 Pride Parade.Cite web|url= http://www.xtra.ca/public/viewstory.aspx?AFF_TYPE=3&STORY_ID=4864&PUB_TEMPLATE_ID=2|title= Grand marshal miffed - Enza left to sort out Pride ride, gala ticket|last= Dupuis|first= Chris|publisher= Xtra, Pink Triangle Press|date= 2008-06-05|accessdate= 2008-06-16]

References

External links

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* [http://www.nakednewsdailymale.com/bios/enzaanderson.php Enza Anderson - Field Reporter] for NakedNewsDailyMale


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