Meet the Transgender Teen Who's One of the New Faces of Clean & Clear
At age 14, transgender activist Jazz Jennings is already an incredible role model for kidsâ€”and adultsâ€”everywhere. So far, sheâ€™s co-authored a semi-autobiographical childrenâ€™s book, been named one of Timeâ€™s Most Influential Teens of 2014, and landed her own show on TLC that will air this summer.
Most recently, though, she was named one of the newest faces of Clean & Clear, the skincare brand owned by personal care behemoth Johnson & Johnson. As part of Clean & Clearâ€™s #SeeTheRealMe campaign, Jennings shares her personal journey in a new ad, landing J&J on a growing list of companies sending a message of support for transgender people in the process.
"I've always known exactly who I am," she says in the video. "I was a girl trapped in a boy's body. Growing up has been quite a struggle being transgenderâ€”especially in middle school...sometimes, I've even been called an 'it.'"
But according to Jennings, she isn't letting that stop her. â€œThe real me is happy, and proud to be who I am,â€ she says. â€œAnd, Iâ€™m just having fun being one of the girls.â€
Jennings told The Huffington Post that sheâ€™s thrilled to be part of the campaign. â€œIt's really amazing, as it helps many teen girls who are struggling,â€ she said. â€œIt helps them to find themselves and be true to who they are.â€
While she is in every sense of the word, a special teenager the message behind Jennings' latest move is universal: being yourself is always beautiful.