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Parkersburg Beauty College

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Amanda Love sets the record straight
Amanda Love is a woman-WOMAN.And, although she was born a male, she fits into her size 10 and a half stilettos just fine.At 44, she's more comfortable than ever and looking at life's gifts rather than life's disappointments.She feels her life is just beginning and wants to put the "boo-boos" behind her.
By night, she's a showgirl, the queen of the drag scene, the "hostess with the mostess" and a comedian - not only in her Parkersburg alternative club, Club Utopia, but throughout several states.
At home, she's a gardener, house keeper, sister and humanitarian.She's a transgender, but who's paying attention these days because she is so comfortable in those shoes.
She can wear the biggest hair, loudest gowns and six-inch spikes or peasant top, shorts and flip-flops.She doesn't care what is on the outside of a person; she only looks to see what's on the inside.
She applauds Parkersburg's residents and officials because they have really given her little trouble with who she is and who God made her to be.In fact, she said she gives back to the community by doing benefits and fund-raisers because people were there for her in a time of need.
Rocky start
Love was born in Parkersburg, the son of Charles and Carolyn Radcliff.
Love decided to go to Parkersburg Beauty College after quitting high school and had no problem getting a degree.She worked for the finest hairdresser in Parkersburg, Pat Farnsworth.
"She taught me a lot about hair, but more importantly, about setting goals and achieving those goals," she said.
Love still does shows for Woofter at the Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Love came back to Parkersburg and began working in Peppers Lounge as a showgirl and opened a beauty salon called Illusions Hair Odyssey on Fifth Street.She was doing a lot of hair, but also realized she had a great talent for helping cancer patients learn how to deal with whigs.This is something she still does today.
"I was working with the cancer society's program, "Look good, feel good" and feeling good myself to watch a lady walk in with a scarf over their head and walking with their face down, embarrassed and feeling low and then watching them leave with this beautiful wig on and walking out the door with their head up and a restored pride.That is what it's all about."Women on chemo and loosing their hair still come to her door for wig help, she said.
Love came home to face the mental problems her mother was having.After 22 years of marriage, her parents divorced.Her mother was diagnosed as a schizophrenic.Love describes her mother as a fabulous person.There were a lot of trials and tribulations in getting her mother diagnosed and getting her needed care.
Love knew as a child her mother was having some problems, but her mother could put it all aside and be of great help to Love.She traveled with her to shows; cooked for her and even sewed costumes.
Her mother was good to the alternative community and helped start the Parkersburg Aids Task Force.She addressed envelopes to organizations helping raise funds.
Love is presently working out in a local gym to help fight her diabetes.She struggles with her weight and her fight against sugar.The gym owners and employees at Anytime Fitness treat her with respect and never once has gender come up, she said.
She needs the extra strength and stamina.She's in North Carolina at Warehouse 29 on the third Wednesday of the month.She then usually travels back to West Virginia and into Charleston's Trax club on Friday she heads up to Morgantown to Vice Versa Club and to see her good friend, Papa Bear.On Saturday of that same week, she tries to be back at her own club in Parkersburg.
She enjoys her private time at home and loves old movies and gardening in her back yard.She loves to decorate and the house shows it.
She is a lady; one with a big heart, big mouth, big feet and big boobs.And, she's not afraid of showing any of the four to help out someone in need.

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