Three years ago, I first told my story in Marie Claire. Today, I am proud to announce that I am joining the magazine’s editorial team as a Contributing Editor. In my role, I will write for the print and online versions of the magazine, act as a brand ambassador and contribute insight and ideas about culture and beauty, politics and pop culture.
In a Q&A with The Root, Mock talks about being a trailblazer and for whom she wrote her book Redefining Realness.
I appreciate Jenn M. Jackson for doing this interview after reading my book and wanting it to be published in a black space. I’m even more grateful the lessons its showed her regarding trolling of trans women of color within communities of color, as she’s shared on Twitter.
Folks are unfollowing The Root bc of my interview with Janet Mock. I don’t understand.— Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) July 8, 2014
The comments on this Janet Mock interview on the FB page actually made me cry. I need to toughen up.— Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) July 8, 2014
The hatred, homophobia, and transphobia in the black community is baffling at times.— Jenn M. Jackson (@JennMJack) July 8, 2014
Sometimes we must occupy spaces of communities even if they don’t want us to be there. It’s vital to transforming spaces. It’s what I learned from Barbara Smith (Happy 40th anniversary Combahee River Collective!), from Audre Lorde…sometimes the trolls are your own people, they come from all sides, and as Zora Neale Hurston said:
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
currently reading: Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Beautiful. Black. Brilliance.
Janet Mock and Jewlyes Gutierrez at SF Pride 2014
Sorry for the horrible gif quality, but I wanted to give a shout out to the wonderful trans women recognized in this year’s Pride. Chelsea Manning was also an Honorary Grand Marshall.
I live for a good pageant wave. And it was beyond lovely to hang with Jewlyes yesterday at SF Pride!
I joined Alicia Menendez to discuss Beyonce, feminism, her sexuality and body and image in time for the launch of her “On the Run” tour.
And what’s the only thing, I think, Beyonce shouldn’t do on her new concert? (hint: It involved “Drunk In Love”)
Images from Refinery29’s feature, “real people who are changing what ‘beautiful’ means.” — http://www.refinery29.com/alternative-beauty
In it, I discuss being feminine on purpose, how beauty can allow us to express and adorn ourselves while also trapping us when pressured to fit an elusive mold.
Hair by Andrew Fitzsimons; makeup by Wendi Miyake. Photography by Kristiina Wilson.