Maybe it was to silence the critics who claim she’s really a man, or maybe she just wanted to feel glamorous in make-up and pretty clothes like most woman. Whatever the case, South African runner Caster Semenya cleaned up and dolled up for a fashion shoot in the September issue of South African magazine YOU.
Last month’s world track championhsips thrust 18 year-old Semenya into the spotlight as her gender was brought into question. One of her coaches, Wilfried Daniels, has since resigned amidst the controversy claiming he was ashamed of being “part of the collective responsibility and blame” for having Semenya unknowingly gender tested and the resulting public scandal for what should have been a private medical issue.
Semenya says in the magazine, “I’d like to dress up more often and wear dresses but I never get the chance. I’d also like to learn to do my own make-up” and: “I’ve never bought my own clothes – my mum buys them for me. But now that I know what I can look like, I’d like to dress like this more often.”
Some critics like UK’s Times Online aren’t buying Semenya’s timely make-over or the necessity for her to even force a feminine appearance, calling her a pawn in the politics of sports.