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Transgender teen, Jazz Jennings, has been chosen as the face of a new Clean & Clear skincare campaign called "See the Real Me."
The trans community is applauding Clean & Clear's decision to put 14-year-old Jennings front and center in their new, national campaign celebrating natural beauty. Yahoo Style reports that this exciting, and by all accounts progressive, collaboration is part advertisement and part social media blitz. The skincare company is asking people to share their personal stories using the hashtag #SeeTheRealMe.
Jennings' own story started when she was born male, and at just 2 years old, she began showing signs of gender dysphoria. Jennings says she always identified as a girl. Her parents allowed her to begin transitioning at age 6.
Now the high school student is helping other families cope with the challenges of having a gender-confused relative through her book, "I Am Jazz." She gained national visibility when she was named one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014. And her new role as the face of the Clean & Clear campaign is bound to help even more people going through what she is.
The struggles of transgender people are real, with sobering suicide and murder rates due to discrimination. Here's hoping Jennings' uplifting story will reach more troubled teens and make them feel not only more accepted, but that they can do anything in life they set their minds to. Just look at Jazz Jennings, who has positioned herself as an advocate and positive role model for transgender teens before even being old enough to drive!
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