Caster Semenya, the South African track star mired in controversy over her gender identity–people are questioning that she’s really female–has been featured on the cover of YOU, a South African magazine, sporting a girlified look. And it’s bothering me.

First of all

, the headline: “Wow, Look at Caster Now!” She’s like a circus spectacle or a museum exhibit: “look, we put her in lipstick and some bangles, and hot damn! She looked like a dude then, but she’s like a normal girl now!” It’s rather insulting.

The whole point of this story is that we should leave Caster alone. She told the magazine, “I see it all as a joke, it doesn’t upset me. God made me the way I am and I accept myself,” she said. Her family has repeatedly insisted that she’s female. She shouldn’t have to glam it up just because people are concerned that she’s too masculine, like nail polish will quell all the frenzy. Why are we so concerned with her appearance??

Do you think Caster is being treated unfairly? What do you think about her makeover?