The Reason Ruby Rose Didn't Undergo Gender Transition Surgery
Ruby Rose says she was so committed to becoming a boy when she was growing up that she saved cents in a jar to pay for an operation she'd seen on TV.
The Orange is the New Black star 'came out' as a lesbian when she was 12 but she had been seriously considered transitioning from female to male from about the age of five.
"I had this jar... I probably had, like, 19 cents to go towards this surgery that I didn't really know a lot about; I think I'd seen, like, a daytime documentary, something on Oprah, and I was like, 'That's what I'm going to do'" she tells US news show Access Hollywood.
"I started saving from probably the age of, like, five (and) when I got to 15 was when I started to get more into my body and I shaved my head.
"My mum was just like, 'I don't know what's going on right now, but if you're happy then do it.' I decided to change the way that I dressed and talked and I realised I didn't want to transition; I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin."
Rose is engaged to British designer Phoebe Dahl, granddaughter of loved novelist Roald Dahl.
Rose gave fans a taste of what she'd look like as a male by shooting a video of herself transforming into a young man and posting it on social media. The footage has been seen by over eight million people.
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