I am so impressed with society’s positive response to Caitlyn Jenner. What she has achieved for the trans community by opening her heart to the world is beyond amazing. Much more worthy of breaking the internet than a nude photoshoot…
But our favourite trans activist Laverne Cox does highlight in her blog that we as a society still have a long way to go. Not all trans people have the money and means to turn themselves into Jessica Lange and Lana Del Rey’s love child, or want to, and we need to love and support these trans people as well.
I love working a photo shoot and creating inspiring images for my fans, for the world and above all for myself. But I also hope that it is my talent, my intelligence, my heart and spirit that most captivate, inspire, move and encourage folks to think more critically about the world around them. Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities.
I have always been aware that I can never represent all trans people. No one or two or three trans people can. This is why we need diverse media representstions of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities. I started #TransIsBeautiful as a way to celebrate all those things that make trans folks uniquely trans, those things that don’t necessarily align with cisnormative beauty standards. For me it is necessary everyday to celebrate every aspect of myself especially those things about myself that don’t align with other people’s ideas about what is beautiful.