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Favorite musicians or bands?

Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Maroon 5. There are so many talented people in the world.

Favorite movie ever?

Bridesmaids. I almost memorized the whole movie!

Favorite social media apps?

Instagram and Snapchat.

If we looked at your search history, what's the latest thing we'd find?

YouTube recipe for Szechuan tofu and string beans so I could make vegan food for Bambiana.

Describe your Transcendent co-stars in two words.

Xristina... Sweet & Bubbly
Bionka... Strong & Confident
Bambiana... Hilarious & Compassionate
LA... Caring & Benevolent

In the past year or so the transgender movement has seen a huge increase in awareness and support. What are some things you've noticed that have changed or gotten better?

To be honest, we still have a long way to go. I think the biggest change is that more people are willing to learn and understand us and that is the first step to acceptance and inclusivity.

What are some challenges you experience in your daily life as a transgender woman? Any stories you wish to share?

Well I wouldn't say I experience challenges daily but occasionally at AsiaSF we have people calling us "Drag Queens", or asking "So you're a boy?" or calling us "men," and I have to respectfully correct them and educate them a little on the topic. Although, I am aware that some people will never change their perceptions of trans women and that is something I have come to terms with, but I am hopeful that it will change some day. I know who I am and am comfortable with myself to the point that I don't need everyone to agree with my lifestyle but I do expect the same respect as any other human being.

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Mark Sundstrom for Fuse

Have you ever had a confrontational or negative experiences with someone unfamiliar with the transgender community and movement that you were able to turn into a more positive, teachable moment?

I think when people have the mindset of being confrontational and negative that their mind is set. When people are being negative I feel that my best response is no response. It's like beating a dead horse. Now if they want to have a calm conversation like adults, then I would be more then happy to educate them on trans issues.

What do you hope a television show like Transcendent accomplishes?

First off, I can't say this enough! We are just a small portion of the trans community and we DO NOT represent the whole community. Not every trans person will have the same obstacles to face or have the same journey. There are so many trans people out their that need help and aren't as fortunate as the ladies of Transcendent.

That being said, I hope Transcendent will show the world that trans people are just like everybody else. We are human beings. We laugh, we cry, we quarrel, we reconcile, we love, and we bleed just like everyone else. We aren't as "different" as people think we are.  I hope that trans youth will relate to the show and realize that they are not alone and there is beauty in being trans.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about transgender people?

We have mental problems and are perverts. Not the case kitties!

What advice would you give to your childhood or teenage self?

Don't ever stop. Keep going. Life is not always going to be roses and daisies but you cannot give up. Once you come to terms of loving and accepting yourself completely, then the world is your oyster! Your life is what you make of it, so make it amazing!

What are your goals, aspirations and dreams for the future?

I would love to bring AsiaSF to every major city in the U.S., and even the world. It would be amazing to be able to offer job opportunities for the trans community worldwide! I can honestly say I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for my family at AsiaSF, and for that I will be forever grateful. I would be overjoyed if we could touch peoples lives and give other trans people the opportunities that I've been humbly blessed with. 

Wouldn't be bad to get married and have a family one day either. Prince Charming, call me!

Don't miss Nya on new episodes of Transcendent every Wednesday at 11:30/10:30c, only on Fuse.
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