1. She’s taking down the patriarchy with her scissors.
Barbershops have long been a traditionally hyper-masculine environment but at Friar Tuck’s, Kylee is reclaiming it by creating a safe space for people of all genders to talk about their identity and beauty.
2. Beauty has so many different identities.
As someone who tried (and failed miserably) to make waterfall bangs happen at the age of 13, I get the power of our appearance to change the way we perceive ourselves. But beauty has so many different identities and most of them don’t fit into the box that society has created. Kylee’s story is an important inclusion to our global beauty narrative, which consistently fails to represent those who don’t identify with femininity, or may not identify within a binary at all.
3. It’s still rare to see a positive LGBTQ+ parent/child relationship celebrated in mainstream media.
So often the story of this relationship is centered around rejection, pain, and misunderstanding. But in the video when Kylee’s mom, Carolyn, says, “There’s nothing I would change about Kylee,” you believe her. It’s refreshing to see a parent be unabashedly proud of their child for expressing who they are. Kylee and Carolyn remind us there is always more than one storyline.
4. This story is very normal and wholly universal, but it’s still not visible.
Representation is important because when we are seen, we feel connected. When we don’t see ourselves reflected in the media we consume, it feels confusing and isolating, and most of all, it makes us feel invisible. When we feel invisible, we don’t feel confident or valued and this can stop us from speaking up and making change.
It’s that simple (but somehow still so complicated for people to wrap their brains around.)
5. We're expanding the narrative.
As Dove’s Global Self-Esteem Ambassador for over a decade, I’m proud of taking the global beauty conversation down a different path by discussing the pressures that lesbian and gay women can face around appearance.
AND OF COURSE, I love me some Shonda Rhimes. Together through Real Beauty Productions, we are continuing to have this much-needed conversation.