“It’s difficult to admit that you will never be a part of the society you’ve grown to know. But what if that freed us?

What if looking good on paper became poisonous? What if being that thing the world rejects made you feel sexy and you found power in that feeling?

How powerful it could be to find confidence and love yourself in the face of such opposition.

I hope being rejected makes others feel beautiful, powerful and unique—because rejection is only a violent form of jealousy.

I especially wish this for young trans women who are navigating their way through womanhood. What a fragile device, to be frail in the eyes of the preying.”

– Nomi Ruiz ‘s “the lingering trauma of searching for love as a trans woman”. 


Levi Maxwell, Model and Aria Sa’id at Bartlett Hall, San Francisco. Photo By: Patrick Conley