'Man hands' jibes can't stop business

CHARLEY MANN
Last updated 05:00 26/04/2013
Stephanie Dixon
DON SCOTT/Fairfax NZ
INUNDATED: Transsexual beauty therapist Stephanie Dixon says she has been inundated with business inquiries since her story appeared in The Press.

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Transsexual Stephanie Dixon was on the verge of quitting Christchurch because of constant jibes about her "man hands".

It was costing her clients and forcing her to consider a move to Auckland.

Over the past few months Dixon had gone from seeing about eight clients in her beauty therapist business to one or two a day, after word of her gender reassignment surgery got out.

But after her story about dealing with prejudice in Christchurch appeared in the news this week, Dixon's Papanui-based business Body Redemption has gone into overdrive.

She had at least four new clients booked in before midday on Wednesday and more than 20 emails requesting appointments.

"The phone is literally going non-stop," she said.

"I'm just blown away. I've gone from absolutely nothing to thinking 'what am I going to do?'"

She has also been offered free eyelash extension training by a beauty supplier that usually costs $1000.

Dixon plans to wait and see if she gains a steady set of clients before making a decision on moving to Auckland.

But Aucklanders are keen for her to move.

"I've had people from Auckland calling asking me," she said.

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