This is my friend's son C, dressed up as Rapunzel.
He wasn't on his way to a fancy dress party. He dresses up like this any day he's allowed to, cross-dressing is his middle name... He was about 6 here, is 8 now, but still loves dresses, make-up, jewellery. And yes, he takes classical ballet lessons.
Did I mention his uncle's at the opera in a European capital, very successful and very gay?
C has been like this since he was about 2. He hasn't shown any interest in his big brother's many cars or other "boy toys". He loves playing with dolls, and wearing his girlfriends' clothing..
His parents haven't exactly urged him into this, but they've slowly had to accept that when he was crying his heart out and saying all he wanted for Christmas was a Snowwhite dress, he meant it. And they gave it to him. And he was just as happy as in his Rapunzel outfit here.
He's aware that most boys have other interests, and has stopped bringing his dolls to school. He says that when someone asks if he plays with dolls, he says 'no'. But - so far - he hasn't been teased in school, and I hope he never will be. Look at those bright eyes. I'd hate it if something happened to put out that light. He's just adorable the way he is.