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Updated 1 minute ago. Posted on Sep 15, 2020

People Are Sharing Their Drastic Transformations After Leaving Their Conservative Households

It's the self-love for me!

Jay Burleigh, a 24-year-old teacher and writer from Louisiana, has known she was queer since the age of 12. But she grew up in a small, conservative, and Catholic town where being her authentic self didn't really feel like an option.

"I knew that I had a lot of beliefs that were outside of the social norms of my town for my whole life, but always stayed very quiet about them from fear of being judged or shunned more than I already felt I was," Jay told BuzzFeed.

But once Jay went to college, she began to embrace her true identity. "I was finally able to open up to these liberal thoughts and beliefs and really explore my sexuality," she said. "I was finally able to develop and educate myself on what I believe to be just and what I believe to be unjust."

Jay decided to share her journey of self-acceptance in the form of a TikTok trend. In the video, she shows photos of what she looked like while growing up in her conservative town, then reveals what she looks like now.

@jaybaebae96

If you’re from hs and seeing this, yes I know I wasn’t cool but I’m on ~top~ now. #iykyk #gaytiktok #lesbian #lesbiantiktok #lgbt #lgbtq #fyp #glowup

♬ growing up conservative glo up - cherryemojigirl

"I didn't come out to my family until I was 22, but after coming out I fully embraced my gender fluidity and I continue to educate myself and fight for social justice and human rights every day," she said.

Jay with long hair on the left, and Jay with short hair on the right.
BuzzFeed / @jaybaebae96 / TikTok

TikTok user @cherryemojigirl is the one responsible for this roller coaster of a trend.

@cherryemojigirl

if you knew me in middle and high school, no you didn’t ❤️ feel free to use this audio #gloup #transformation

♬ growing up conservative glo up - cherryemojigirl

And I truly can't thank her enough, because the amount of self-love and confidence these videos exude is giving me life!

Girl dressed preppy on the left, and extremely alternative on the right.
BuzzFeed / @cherryemojigirl / TikTok

The vibes in this video by Mason Denver are absolutely immaculate.

@masondenverr

I’ve never felt so seen by an audio before.

♬ growing up conservative glo up - cherryemojigirl

I love that lipgloss shade, btw.

Mason wearing a football uniform on the left, and then wearing lipstick with his hair grown out long on the right.
BuzzFeed / @masondenverr / TikTok

And @myakatee looks so happy in her video, it low-key brought tears to my eyes.

@myakatee

oops 🤭

♬ growing up conservative glo up - cherryemojigirl

Glow-ing.

Mya looking very effeminate on the left, then very masculine with short hair on the right.
BuzzFeed / @myakatee / TikTok

Thank you to everyone who participated in this inspiring challenge! Here's hoping it gives some people the confidence they were looking for to show the world their true colors.

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