The people you see in this issue illustrate trans life in their corner of the world, and help show us the true meaning of beauty, international or otherwise. Our two part interviews cover both the cultural heritage and personal beliefs of these brave individuals, and inspire greater understanding of transgender experiences around the world.
Marissa Minxx, Australia
Part one of this interview can be found in Transformation 96: The International Issue
What do you like to do in your free time? During my spare time I’m a major fan of relaxation therapy deprivation tanks. It’s a sound proof, completely pitch black, pod, with about 40 centimeters of water with epsom salts in it. You basically just go in it for an hour or so, and relax and let your mind do the rest. I love to lay back and have the feeling of floating in there. My mind just regenerates itself, and I always leave feeling so refreshed in a positive state of mind, and relaxed…at first it was pretty freaky being locked in there in the pitch black, but trust me does wonders.
What gets you riled up enough to lose your temper? Hmmmm, my biggest thing that gets my temper going, is people who are so quick to judge you from what they hear or read. I dislike people who judge or tease others to make themselves feel good. It’s not needed and I don’t like the bad energy it brings into the room.
Fitness/beauty/cooking/etc. is very important to you. What are some of your top tips? Any of you who are planning on visiting Australia – My best beauty advice would be to drink lots of water. Also, wear moisturizer and sunscreen with a high SPF! And hey, maybe a little Botox (HEHE), apparently our ozone layer is thinner? (Im trying to sound smart.)
Can you tell me about your family? Parents, siblings, extended? How did they influence who you are? My family and I are incredibly close, and I’m very lucky to have such a understanding accepting family. I guess they always knew when I was growing up I was stuck in the wrong body. When I told my mum I was changing into a girl her first words were “About bloody time.” Hahaha. They have offered nothing but acceptance and loving feelings towards me still, which I treasure and don’t take for granted. My sister and I are like best friends. She knows my life and I know what’s happening with hers, and quite bizarrely, we are so open with each other, we know each others sex life!!! Hahaha. It’s a weird, close bond we have, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. It’s like having a best girlfriend in high school, all the convos we have!!
What has acceptance come to mean to you? I was really big with being “accepted” when I first changed. But now I’m happy to say I’m so content with myself and comfortable and confident, if some one doesn’t accept me for who I am, I will not give them the time of day…
You would never catch me wearing ?? Hmmm, you know what? I’m a dork. I’ll wear anything for a laugh!! lol
Who do you most admire? I admire Carmen Carrera. Omg, she is just so inspiring, and such a great role model. I also LOVVVVVEE Sarina Valentina!! xoxo