ByOlivia van der Will, writer at Creators.co

The absolutely lovely Ruby Rose became an overnight sensation after her role as Piper's love interest in Netflix's Orange Is the New Black. I remember when I first saw the new character Stella Carlin introduced to the series I had to check out right away who this striking actress was. Although some people may have only just discovered her, Ruby has actually been around for years working as an actress and model.

Ruby totally comes across as having a heart of gold in interviews and has used her newfound fame and articulate demeanor as a platform to inspire others. Using her fame to become an advocate for those who may have also experienced difficulty surrounding gender issues. Surprisingly, this stunning actress has not always felt comfortable in her own skin.

In an interview with Elle Magazine, Ruby Rose commented on her her personal journey to comfort in her gender identity:

"Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you're at one end of the spectrum or the other. For the most part, I definitely don't identify as any gender. I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which – in my perfect imagination – is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I'll put on a skirt."

Last year Ruby released her autobiographical video 'Break Free,' a YouTube video which went viral. In the short self-directed video she explores her gender fluidity, gender roles and what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo. Ruby Rose really struggled with her identity growing up and has used her fame to help others who may be feeling the same.

The film starts of with Ruby Rose as she looked when she was a lot younger, and dramatically chopping away her hair:

It continues by her removing the status quo of the female image, and becoming the Ruby Rose that we know and love today:

Removing the layers and feeling proud of the skin she is in:

Ruby feels happiest with how she looks now:

Take a look at the amazingly powerful video in its full glory here:

Ruby once contemplated gender reassignment surgery:

Ruby's gender identity and sexuality has been a subject on many people's lips, but the actress is proud of her journey and happily speaks about it candidly and openly. Ruby's journey to where she is now once had her contemplating having gender reassignment surgery, after seeing an Oprah episode. In an interview with Access Hollywood, she recounted:

"When I was younger, I had this jar that I would collect dollars in. In fact, we were so poor it would’ve been cents. So we had, like, 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I really didn’t know a lot about. … I was like, 'That's what I’m going to do,' and so I started saving from probably the age of 5."
"When I got to 15 is when I kind of started to get more into my body and I shaved my head. … I started to change the way that I dressed and walked, and realized that I didn’t want to transition. I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin."

Ruby sure is an inspiring actress and even found some similarities with herself and the character she portrayed in Orange Is the New Black. In her Elle Magazine interview, she stated:

"There's a line in OITNB where Stella is making fun of Piper, saying like "Ugh. Women – can't live with them, can't live without them." Piper's like, "What? You don't consider yourself to be a woman?" Stella says, "I do, but that's only because my options are limited." It's a very small line, but what I really read from that is that she is a woman – obviously, she's in a female prison – but if she had it her way, she probably wouldn't be. But, what's her option? To transition to a guy and then be in a men's prison would be incredibly dangerous. The takeaway is that only you know who you were born to be, and you need to be free to be that person."

Check out the full Access Hollywood interview with Ruby Rose below. In the uplifting video she talks about her gender fluidity and contemplating transitioning:

It is really lovely to see that Ruby, who once was so insecure with who she is, has become someone with a really secure sense of self.

Ruby and her fiancée Phoebe Dahl, have their own clothing label too called The Scallywags. The Scallywags are all about doing what’s fun and feels right, and making others smile in the process. Click here to check out their gender neutral range.

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