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Munroe Bergdorf: ‘At the beginning of my transition I felt the need to look feminine – now I don’t c

Life and style | The Guardian

The transgender model on her ‘going out’ shirt dress – and why she’s finally as happy in an oversized jumper as a sequin gown

Clothes used to hold a lot more significance for me than they do now. In 2011, at the beginning of my transition, I definitely felt the need to look feminine for people in order to validate my gender identity. Now I just don’t care. I am as much a woman if I’m in trackie bottoms and an oversized jumper as I am in a long sequin gown – it has no impact on who I am as a person.

That’s something it has taken me a long time to learn, but it’s also why the conversations surrounding non-binary identities are so important. It is getting rid of gender stereotypes that ultimately oppress everybody. I think that being complacent and not challenging norms is dangerous, because marginalised people don’t benefit from the norm.

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May 14th 2019, 9:00 am
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