Did you have any trans role models growing up?
The person I looked up to the most was Gigi Gorgeous – at that time she hadn’t even come out as transgender yet. She came out after I did – I mean I hate the term ‘came out’ but that’s just the way to say it. But she was always making videos about how she did her makeup and rocking women’s clothes. Her strength helped me I think.
I really felt that I was trapped in the wrong body when I was around 13/14 years old. I always had more girl friends than guy friends that was never a problem. I was bullied, but then so many other kids were bullied. But then a lot of my girl friends started talking about boys, wearing bikinis and going shopping and everyone started posting fun stuff on Instagram about buying makeup and I felt left out. That’s when I realised that I was a woman that people were doing stuff that I should be doing as well.
Do you think there’s more of a duty now for models to empower young girls?
For sure – I think if you’re not using your platform for something great it can be really powerful. There’s nothing wrong with posting a cute selfie – I do it. But in-between the food pics and selfies try and post something that’s going to empower someone and make them feel like they’re not alone.