Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. Gigi Gorgeous has become one of the most recognizable and visible figures in the trans community, with the Canadian YouTube celebrity on the rise since announcing she is a transgender woman in December 2013.
Since beginning her journey—which has been documented for her following that boasts more than 2.5 million subscribers today—Gigi has moved forward with grace and sophistication. She's racked up impressive opportunities like spreads in People and Marie Claire, a gig as the face of a Crest Canada campaign and another as a co-star in Adam Lambert's "Another Lonely Night" video.
As an advocate, Gorgeous has used her platforms to bring light to bullying and LGBTQ issues which LogoTV recognized by awarding her the Trailblazing Social Creator Award in 2014 and she teamed with Miley Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation for a 2015 pride campaign.
The 24-year-old's star latest major move comes via an eye-opening documentary This Is Everything, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival and is viewable on YouTube Red. Helmed by Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, the story is gripping but perhaps most remarkable for how it divided critics. Variety said "the feature fails to render Gigi Gorgeous as much more convincing a human-rights spokeswoman than a Kardashian would be an effective champion of feminism or economic equality." Common Sense Media adds that the film's objectives are obtained by showing how a "difficult experience can be accomplished gently and positively with courage and love."
Gorgeous is living proof of how far progress has come for transgender people and that there truly is a world of possibilities—including one where they are viewed and discussed as equal to their binary gendered counterparts. Or, as she says near the end of This Is Everything, "I'm a real person, too. I'm literally just like you."
Gigi has lived some of the most intimate moments of her life on camera and the strength she showed through the highs and lows ultimately proves that this woman isn't stopping anytime soon. No doubt, she'll continue to be a model—both in Hollywood and for any LGBTQ person with a computer—and solidify her place in the future of women's history.