In partnership with

Ruby Rose opens up about being teased at school

2016-01-08 11:15

Los Angeles - Ruby Rose used to be mocked for her androgynous style.

The Orange is the New Black actress admits she used to be laughed at by her peers at school for her way of dressing, and when she began her career she was urged to change.

She said: "I've been doing it forever, and people would make fun of me.

"People at school would say, 'Why are you dressing like a guy?' or 'Why aren't you wearing a dress?'

"Or when I had a few auditions, people were like, 'I think you should wear this', or 'I think you should do it differently' or 'I think you should grow your hair'.

"Even when I got my first job, people were telling me that I needed to change what was innately me.

The 29-year-old star thinks her own image and the recent decision to cast Jaden Smith in a Louis Vuitton womenswear advert can only be good for society.

Thank You So Much @louisvuitton And @nicolasghesquiere For The Opportunity To Impact This World. |||

A photo posted by Jaden Smith (@christiaingrey) on

She explained in an interview with The Cut: "I think it's more than just making a statement in the fashion world by using Jaden or myself or using transgender models or having women dress like men or vice versa.

"For me, I'm more in awe of the fact that I know what this means in a larger perspective.

"Kids from middle America, to smaller towns in Australia, to all over the world - if they don't quite understand why they don't quite feel comfortable in a dress, but all their friends wear dresses, or if they're a boy and they want to wear a dress or they want to wear a skirt, they're gonna get picked on.

"To be able to make this huge impact on what was really a huge transgender and gender-fluidity movement last year is really going to be for the greater good of society because it's going to let people know they're not different in a weird way; they're different in a way that should be celebrated."

Meanwhile, Ruby also defended fellow celebrity Jennifer Lawrence for referring to her own style as "slutty power lesbian".

She told The Cut magazine: "I hadn't heard that quote until you just told me now. But what I do know is that Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and an amazing advocate for women and women's empowerment and the wage gap in Hollywood and so many amazing things.

"I think that is an easy quote to misinterpret or to pick apart. But I know that she has an amazing sense of humour, and for her to say that, I know that would never come from a bad place. She's always spending so much of her time supporting other women and the LGBT community."

Read more on:    ruby rose  |  celebrities

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.