This pictures was taken about 2 years ago, when I was first starting to express my gender fluidity through fashion. It was also the first time I put on heels. Very empowering, yet terrifying. Now, here I am. Elliott Alexzander, inspiring and changing the world through fashion and self expression one outfit at a time.
Even though I don’t agree with all of the fashion choices I made in this picture, I wanted to share this as a testament. This image is proof that I didn’t wake up one morning and just decide to be fabulous and inspire people through fashion. No, I woke up and realized that I am hurting NO ONE BUT MYSELF by conforming to societies idea of “who I should be” while knowing full well that I am NOT “that” person. I had to make a choice and I chose NOT to conform. I decided to be myself because I am a human being, I am unique, and no one will ever know that unless I express it. So, I did.
Now, two years later I work full time for L’oreal, the world leader in cosmetology. I have a following that stretches all the way to China & Australia (where my weibo peeps!) I have grown closer to my family than ever before and my relationship is flourishing.
I know what its like to not feel good enough.
I understand what its like to want to give up.
I know what its like to be afraid of the challenges life will present to you when its time for change.
I know how easy it can be to say, “nah I’ll change the things I don’t like about myself tomorrow.”
I know how hard it can be not knowing where to start.
I started by being myself.
Being myself with my family.
Being myself with my friends.
Being myself with my peers.
Being myself at the mall.
Being myself at the grocery store.
Being myself at work.
Being myself in the morning.
Being myself in the afternoon.
Being myself at night.
Being myself until being myself was the only thing that felt,
There is nothing wrong with being yourself. There never was. It was just society telling you not to be. So stop listening to society.
Listen to your heart.
P.s. Reblog this and add your own testament that could inspire someone. Even add pictures and make this post your own. We all have the power to inspire another. Why wait?