Society puts a lot of pressure on people to fit a certain mold. You are expected to look, act, and feel a certain way to fit in. It is easy to be bombarded with makeup, clothing, and fitness trends by scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feeds, and this need to fit in is especially strong in the world of modeling and high fashion.
The high fashion industry may be tough to break into, but one model named Rain Dove isn’t taking no for an answer. She has recently gone insanely viral, and she is dead set on breaking down all of the gender stereotypes in her path. Slide #6 will have her transforming before your very eyes!
10. Competition Is More Than Fierce In The Modeling Industry
Walking the runway is not for the faint of heart. Your strut down the catwalk can make or break you. Modeling agencies are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest look. One androgynous model will have you doing a double-take, and her story is even more mesmerizing than her appearance!
9. One Model Isn’t Willing To Pick A Side — And It’s Jaw-Dropping
Model Rain Dove has been turning a lot of heads lately, and for all of the right reasons. You may recall seeing Rain work New York Fashion week in women and menswear, and that is just the beginning. This six-foot model doesn’t feel the need to identify as either gender, and it’s magnificent. You won’t believe her look in slide #2!
8. Her Entire Childhood Was Based On A Lie
Rain spent her entire childhood believing she was popular. It wasn’t until high school that she learned her nickname “Tranny Danny” didn’t mean she was a train conductor. Her sense of self-confidence was built on one big misunderstanding, but that didn’t stop her from staying true to herself — despite the critics.
7. She Has Never Felt The Fragile Sense Of Femininity
Rain describes being confused by her cruel nickname. She never felt “masculine,” but she didn’t fit the mold of a typical lady. “There are sorority girls and then there are girls that are in action movies like Sigourney Weaver. I just thought I was an action kind of woman,” Rain stated. Her life has been filled with plenty of adventures, and slide #3 shows she isn’t stopping anytime soon!
6. Being Gender-Fluid Comes With Some Serious Perks
Living in the middle of nowhere in Colorado can be tough, especially for a woman trying to get a job as a firefighter. After Rain realized she was seen as a man, she ran with it full force. She even lived under a pseudonym and no one ever questioned whether or not she was a man. It earned her respect in a male-dominated profession, and she realized her obscurity was a true gift.
5. Rain Uses Her Obscurity To Her Advantage
“It wasn’t until I was wilderness firefighter for a while and that’s when I felt more empowered in my ambiguity and sexuality as far as gender presentation goes,” Rain said. Being gender-fluid allowed her to work a bunch of different jobs that helped her get by, including being a nanny and a landscaper.
4. She Enjoys Playing The Field
She’s owning every aspect of gender-obscurity. “This gender capitalism started taking over my life — I even went to whatever bathroom was the shortest line,” she stated. After immersing herself in “manly” jobs such as construction, she began to explore her feminine side. She even claims to have been a shot girl at a bar, and slide #1 shows she has no apologies!
3. She Wants To Change The World Of Fashion, One Outfit At A Time
Rain Dove isn’t interested in being figured out. She hopes her presence on the runway will influence clothing brands to gear towards more gender-neutral fashion. Rain’s statement is getting much-needed attention, and the next slide proves she has earned her spot on the catwalk through years of struggle.
2. She’s Seen Some Rainy Days, So She Always Stays Humble
Before she took over New York Fashion Week in 2014, she was sleeping in a Planet Fitness bathroom. She didn’t have a job leading up to her big break in fashion, and she never forgets the struggle that brought her to success. She now owns a loft and rents it out to other low-income artists that need a helping hand.
1. Never Conform To Make Others Happy — Ever
Rain Dove’s advice to others struggling to fit in? Just be yourself. “There are people who love you; there are people who will love you. There are people who accept you and I’m one of them,” Rain stated. Never let society deter you from becoming who you really want to be!
We all experience pressure from the media to look a certain way — and these ridiculous standards sometimes lead consumers down a path of self-consciousness and unhappiness. We are constantly fed information about how we should dress and how our bodies should look. It’s easy to lose sight of who we truly are, and Rain Dove’s presence in modeling reminds us how we should learn to love ourselves exactly as we are.
Rain Dove has made a huge impact on how we perceive gender norms, and she is continuing to challenge how the fashion world tailors to androgynous individuals. There is no denying that Rain is owning who she is — whichever way you look at it.