When it comes to gender stereotypes, Ruby Rose has never been one to shy away from the conversation.
The breakout Orange Is The New Black star, who appears in a series of decidedly masculine outfits in a new campaign for Ralph Lauren, has described herself as ‘gender-fluid’ in a recent interview with Refinery 29.
Exploring the importance of having androgynous role models, the 29-year-old says fashion is a means of expressing identity – independent of whether you were born male or female.
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Breaking down sterotypes: Ruby Rose describes herself as ‘gender-fluid’ after appearing in very masculine Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren campaign
‘Regardless of who you are, it’s about dressing for what you want to express,’ she tells the publication.
‘I’ve always been a tomboy, and been gender-fluid.’
Ruby adds that in her day-today life she ‘allows’ herself to choose outfits that best represent her personality rather than what may stereotypically be expected of her based on her gender.
She confesses however, that she often felt hurt in the past when people criticised her for dressing in a more masculine way.
While the actress no longer lets this affect her, her past experiences mean that she now believes that breaking down barriers about gender stereotyping are important.
The brunette explains that representations of gender fluidity should enjoy a prominent place in mainstream media to help bring a sense of normality to young people who are trying to find the self-confidence to express who they want to be.
Expressing herself: The 29-year-old dresses in an androgynous manner in the fashion ad
Men can wear skirts: Jaden Smith’s ad for Louis Vuitton is another example of a more gender fluid way of dressing she says
She cites Jaden Smith’s recent ad for Louis Vuitton, that sees him front the womensware campaign in a skirt, as a powerful example.
Ruby is herself the newest face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren’s latest campaign where she features alongside Hailey Baldwin and dresses in a very androgynous manner.
Bending ideas of gender has been a passion of Ruby’s long before she hit the big time in the US.
In early 2014 the Australian-born talent stared in short film Break Free, that saw her transition from a stereotypically female character to a more gender fluid one.
In it she wears a long blonde wig and applies makeup in front of a mirror before taking scissors to her hair and binding her chest.
Breaking barriers: In 2014, Ruby appeared in a short film that bends gender stereotypes
Transitioning: In it she wears a long blonde wig and applies makeup in front of a mirror before taking scissors to her hair and binding her chest
Ruby has also previously said that she doesn’t identify as a man or a woman, telling news.com.au: ‘I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.’
The star’s sartorial choices have regularly been compared to pop star Justin Bieber’s and telling Daily Mail Australia of one such case, admitted to feeling flattered.
‘I was in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive wearing these Calvin Klein’s real high and jeans hanging low when I heard someone scream “Justin Bieber!”,’ she said.
‘I was like “Please don’t be me” and sure enough these girls came running up and were like “Oh my gosh, we’re so sorry, we didn’t realise you were a girl”.
‘I was fine with it and I’m totally down to say I look like a boy, because that’s the kind of look I was going for that day.’
Loves it: Her style has often been compared Justin Bieber’s, something she finds flattering