MAIDENS: SAMANTHA, BROOKE & ELIAS
PHOTOGRAPHER: DIANA ALBRECHT
Samantha: "For twelve years, I went to private, catholic schools, and as someone who was assigned male at birth, this has meant that I have always been forced to have extremely short hair until extremely recently. To me, my hair has symbolized my transition in a lot of ways, especially because I started growing out my hair at about the same time that I started taking hormones."
Brooke: "As a genderqueer person I feel most comfortable expressing myself in masculine ways, but my identity as a female is so important to me. When I wear feminine clothes I feel a sense of vulnerability, but also beauty. Although I am not a woman, I think these feelings are fundamental to the female experience. Our bodies and clothes play a defining role in how people perceive us; by being open with my non-binary gender I hope to challenge people's assumptions. Self love requires a process of self discovery and acceptance, followed by confidence and empowerment achieved through baring your identity for others to see."
Elias: "As a QTPOC (queer, trans, person of color) who was assigned male at birth, identifying as femme means rejecting the idea that i am not allowed to be soft, gentle, and warm because of my body and skin color. my identity is a radical protest against the constraints that masculinity and white media have placed on me."