I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the love and support throughout the years. You’ve all helped me through this journey and I have learned a lot and really come into my own and the response to today’s announcement truly overwhelmed me and reminds me of why I chose to do this publicly.
I think we all evolve as we get older and that’s normal but I like to think that my recent transition hasn’t made me into a different individual. Same person, no difference at all just a different sex . I hope you can all understand that.
I would also like to to reach out to all young gender non-conforming youth out there: I know it’s hard, I’ve been there, but remember it’s your right to be accepted as what you identify with—-you deserve the same respect as any other human being on this planet. As a transgender woman I hope to show that after transition (a life-saving process) one can be happy and successful in their new chapter without having to alienate their past. Most importantly differences should not equal divisions, let’s all stand together in union.#betruebeyou
FORD GETS INSPIRED: Tom Ford can soon add to his list of industry accolades, including CFDA Womenswear and Menswear Designer of the Year and Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award, when he receives the Award of Inspiration at amfAR’s fifth annual Inspiration Gala Los Angeles on Oct. 29. At the Inspiration Gala, a celebration of men’s style, amfAR will recognize both his contributions to men’s wear design and his commitment to combating the AIDS crisis.
Ford has been a longtime supporter of amfAR and an outspoken advocate on behalf of people living with AIDS. The event, to be held at Milk Studios, is chaired by amfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, Bryan Lourd and Aileen Getty, and cochaired by Simon Halls and Matt Bomer. Proceeds from the black-tie gala will benefit amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research initiatives. [wwd.com]