why ruby rose changed her mind about sex reassignment surgery

Orange is the New Black’s breakout star discussed saving up for sex reassignment surgery at five, and how growing older helped her feel more comfortable in her own skin.

by Emily Manning and i-D Staff
13 July 2015, 6:58pm

Image via @rubyrose

Last month, Litchfield Penitentiary's latest lady convict Ruby Rose spoke candidly about gender fluidity and how it feels to have an identity that deviates from the binary. But over the weekend, Rose (who has stated a preference for female pronouns) shed a little more light on how she arrived at this fluid gender identity, telling Access Hollywood she had in fact considered transitioning, and started saving up for gender transitioning surgery at the age of five-years-old.

"I had this jar that I would collect dollars, in fact it was probably cents, so I had like 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I didn't really know a lot about," Rose recalled after seeing "a daytime documentary, probably on Oprah or something," about transitional procedures.

Although she continued saving for the surgery throughout her younger years, by 15, Ruby's outlook changed: "I got more into my body, and I shaved my head...I started to change the way that I dressed and talked, and I realized that I didn't want to transition, and I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin," the Orange is the New Black actress, model, and DJ said.

"I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which - in my perfect imagination - is like having the best of both sexes," Rose stated previously of her present identification. 


Text Emily Manning

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