Monika: Today’s interview will be with Michelle Hendley, a young actress and video blogger that documents her transition on YouTube. Hello Michelle!
I watched many other transwomen on YouTube telling their own stories, and I saw how much they helped other girls who were too scared to start being themselves (including myself). I decided I wanted to be a part of the online trans community, and share my own experiences with transition.
I was okay with being called a “boy,” but a “man?” It seemed just…too masculine. Puberty was terrifying too. I was afraid I was going to wake up one day looking like my dad! Eventually I came to understand myself completely off the male scale, and now I identify as a girl.
Monika: Are there any transgender role models that you follow?
|January 2012 (3 months on HRT).|
Monika: What do you think about transgender beauty pageants?
Ultimately, beyond a flourishing career and an established identity, I would like to find true love. For now dating is unrealistic where I live, and I hope to get out into the world and meet a variety of people. I’m a very passionate and expressive person, so love – specifically romantic love – is very important to me.
Gender can be a very limiting and complicated aspect of any person, but as long as you stay true to yourself it can just be another factor of what makes you YOU.
Understand your own limitations, and don’t be afraid to move forward in your life. People will come and go, but it’s YOU who you have to live with forever. Also, get a cute pair of shoes, girl.
I’m really hoping it will reach out to people and speak some truths about the trans experience. If this film does well, I can only imagine where I might be in 5-7 years. I would love to be a spokesperson for the transgender community and help spread the word. If worse comes to worse, I hope to make makeup my profession.