Story: Rupe, Carmen Tione

Carmen’s first photo in drag

Carmen’s first photo in drag

This is the first photo of Carmen Rupe in drag, taken at a time when she had started to regularly dress in women’s clothes in public. Carmen stated she enjoyed playing the ‘beautiful Trevor Rupe, well-dressed man about the city’, but Auckland’s dark back streets beckoned. It was there that ‘Carmen’ began to permanently emerge.

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How to cite this page:

Lynette Townsend. 'Rupe, Carmen Tione', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2018. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 January 2022)