Transgender women sharing their wisdom about beauty and beyond
Somehow many of us always seem to be informed about the Kardashians, Kim being pregnant, Kylie doing her lips … the list goes on – whether you watch the show or not. But even if you are living under a rock and not interested in ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians‘, you’ve probably heard about Bruce Jenner’s (now Caitlyn) groundbreaking interview with Diane Sawyer, where she officially declares that she is transitioning into becoming a female, and has always deep down been a woman. And not to forget her ‘coming out’ photograph on the recent Vanity Fair cover – after 65 years she is done hiding.
One of the most important quotes from the interview is where she makes clear that she alone, owns her identity: “I’m saying goodbye to people’s perception of me and who I am. I am not saying goodbye to me, because this is who I am.”
By Jenner’s brave interview, she is hoping to help the transgender community and people who are afraid to out themselves. Other famous transgender beauties have already paved the way, redefining society’s ideas about beauty and gender. They are teaching us that expressing yourself through the way you look can be exciting, liberating, profound and fun. After all beauty is power.
Here are some of our favourite quotes from empowering and awesome transgender individuals about beauty and beyond.
“I see the human body as your soul’s apartment… So, if you want to renovate your house…where your spirit lives, it shouldn’t make a difference.”
Model and actress Carmen Carrera on plastic surgery, The Daily Beast
“I’m a no-makeup kind of girl. I wait for someone to really get to know me, and then they can judge me for who I am. I guess you can say my signature look is ‘beauty comes from within,’ because that’s what I believe in.”
Jazz Jennings, activist and spokesmodel, PopSugar
“These are the beautiful inconveniences that help make up the sum of my womanhood – and I endure and accomplish these tasks with great pride and joy because, at the end of the day, I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be me.”
Author, speaker, and TV host Janet Mock on her relationship with beauty maintenance, Afrobella
“It’s about looking better so you can feel better, so that you can face the world.”
Jamie Clayton, actress and former makeup artist on the healing power of cosmetics, The Advocate
“Marilyn [Monroe] even had plastic surgery in the ’40s… Not so different than a transsexual, really. She made herself into what she wanted to be.”
Model and entertainer Amanda Lepore on the beauty icon who inspires her look, Into the Gloss
“Makeup artists will say, ‘This is how you’re supposed to do it,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I just like doing it my way.’”
Actress Laverne Cox on her makeup routine, Yahoo! Beauty