“Today I was asked when I realized I was in the wrong body. As much as it took me a really long time to come to terms with it, I think I have known since I can remember—since I could even think about gender or notice it. I was thinking about when I was in pre-K ,and I would dress up as Cinderella and do girl things. If I decided to wear a dress or roleplay as a princess, my teachers would tell me I couldn’t do it because I was a boy. So when you have everyone in your life telling you that you’re a boy, you kind of start to believe it, even though none of it comes naturally to you.
I live like a girl, I act like a girl, I am a girl—but one thing I've noticed is that I'm passing because I'm performing my female gender roles on the world's terms and the world's perception of women. I'm pretty conforming in that sense, and I recognize the privilege that I have. But my influences are vast. I look up to my grandmother, and Marilyn Monroe, and Boy George, and punk glamour for beauty inspiration. I'm multi-faceted, like everyone. I'm not just one definition. As women, I think one of the most powerful things we can do is take it back—to take control of makeup. This is an industry created by men controlling women into what they deem beautiful or acceptable. Take it back, have that power to claim your femininity, and wear that blue lipstick. Having that agency is reason enough.”