Day 90 part b

Sometimes I draw portraits. This is my shot at Ruby Rose

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Day 90

Ruby Rose Appreciation Post

As you may know, DJ/Model/Actress Ruby Rose will be in season 3 of Orange is the New Black, portraying Stella Carlin. While she was only in the trailer for 2 seconds, she managed to make me and half of tumblr swoon over her perfectly timed wink. I am very excited for the premiere of OITNB Season 3. I figured I’d write a little appreciation post about Ruby because she’s pretty amazing. Here are a few reasons why she’s such an inspiration to me:

1. She embraces her genderfluidity

Ruby is one of those very few people who look amazingly well as either gender, however she identifies more with her masculinity. That makes her a huge inspiration to me because she makes me realize that being and expressing yourself is ok, no matter what gender you identify with and no matter what other people say.

2. She’s an animal’s rights activist

From what I’ve read, she’s a vegetarian and also has a pet pig- how cool is that?
Also she’s a defender of animal’s rights. In fact if you go on her instagram right now, you’ll see she posted a few photos asking followers to donate to KAT (Katmandu Animal Treatment Centre).

3. She speaks up against bullying

She worked with Headspace, Australian National Youth Mental Health Foundation, to help combat bullying and teenage suicide. Last I heard was the following video she did for the fifth army:

4. Ruby Rose + Phoebe Dahl = Relationship goals

She’s engaged to Phoebe Dahl, a fashion designer and social activist. Her clothing brand, faircloth, donates uniforms to school girls in Nepal in order for them to receive an education-pretty awesome, right? Anyway, Phoebe and Ruby look very cute together and I hope to one day be as happy as they are. Oh and Phoebe is the granddaughter of Roald Dahl- just thought I’d throw that in.

5. This Article: Click here
The article is about Ruby’s tough childhood and how it shaped her. I really recommend it. It is a great read and it explores themes like gender identity, love, parents, and trust. Her words really got me and also I realized we had some similarities growing up- I also moved around a lot as a kid.

So those are a few reasons why Ruby is huge inspiration to me. I really can’t wait for Stella Carlin’s debut. I hope you guys liked it

Day 69

Self acceptance is really important. It took me a very long time to learn just how important it is. Even now, at 20 years old, I have days where I just don’t like the way I am. Today I’m feeling good, today I’m learning to love myself. Here are a few videos I found that truly capture how important not only self acceptance is but also just acceptance.

1. Hornbach “Sag est min deinim Projekt”

It’s a short advertisement for Hornbach, a German DIY store. Rarely does an ad capture such messages so well. I was very impressed.

2. HollySiz- The light

HollySiz is a French musician. Her video manages to convey how hard it can be to express yourself and also how cruel kids and adults can be. The important message here is that there is nothing wrong with expressing yourself, and that a parent’s acceptance of their child is of utmost importance to their well-being.
3. Bad Suns- Salt

Bad Suns is an American Band from California. This video was directed by Daniel Campos, a choreographer and ex back up dancer for Madonna and Shakira. He also appears in Shakira’s “Did It Again”. I love his work. The actress in the video is his wife-also a very talented dancer. Anyway, this video really got to me since the first time I watched it. The message is pretty clear. I will be doing my own version of this video soon, but instead of a transwoman, I will be appearing as a transman.

4. Ruby Rose- Break Free

Ruby Rose is an Australian model, DJ, actress, amongst other awesome things. She will be appearing in Orange is the New Black season 3- CAN’T WAIT! I love her portrayal of gender identity in this video. She really is a huge inspiration.

I guess this post combines self acceptance with transformation. Come to think of it, self acceptance doesn’t come without transformation.

Love and  Peace,
Ellen

Day 2

tomboy

Last night I watched Tomboy, which is a french film from 2011. It is one of my favorite movies because I can relate to it…quite a lot. Doing what Laure/Michael (the main character) did certainly crossed my mind when I was young, but I never had the guts to do it. I’m sure I could’ve pulled it off because people would confuse me with a boy until my boobs came in. And even then I think I still managed to confuse people.

I really recommend this film, it has such a sweet and innocent approach to gender identity. One example of this is the scene pictured above, where Laure and Jeanne (her little sister) are joking around while Jeanne cuts Laure’s hair and Jeanne doesn’t care if her sister would rather identify as a boy. They have a special bond and they enjoy their time together. It really is a beautiful sisterhood, which reminds me of my own sister, who is one of the two people aware of my sexuality. The other is my best friend from childhood, who is also gay and would dress up as a boy with me…but more on her later.

Please watch this movie if you haven’t yet. If you don’t know where to download or need help with subtitles, let me know. I’d be more than happy to help you out.

Love and peace,

Ellen