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The world has come a long way in terms of accepting people who challenge the norm. Rain Dove is a model who continues to challenge the way people think about gender. She walks the runway in both men’s and women’s clothing and says that it empowers her.
Rain Dove grew up thinking she was an ugly girl, but a job as a wilderness firefighter gave her both strength and empowerment. She’s often mistaken for a man, but Rain Dove usually doesn’t correct people. Instead she uses that to help her get jobs and do what she wants to do.
This so-called “gender-bending” inspired her to become an activist for breaking gender stereotypes. Now she models and is pursuing acting as well. In the meantime, she says she is the one person who will always accept you for who you are.
Meet Rain Dove
Rain Dove is a woman, but often models as a man as an effort to break the gender stereotypes running rampant in the world today.
Dove says that she is often mistaken for a man, something that has helped her in a variety of situations.
When she was younger, Dove admits that she thought she was just the ugly girl and always would be.
Fortunately, Dove’s work as a wilderness firefighter helped her gain empowerment and an acceptance of her sexuality.
Rain Dove didn’t always see herself as androgynous, but now uses that label to encourage acceptance of all people.
No Bad Feelings
“I never had bad feelings about it, I just felt that maybe I was that one girl,” Dove said.
As she’s gotten older, Rain Dove has used her life experiences as a guide for how she views gender presentation.
Went With It
Once on a firefighting job, Dove was mistaken for a man, but says she went along with it because she really needed the job.
Becoming an Activist
Dove’s experiences helped her make the choice to become an activist for breaking the gender stereotypes around her.
“We’re all struggling to be unique,” says Dove about her recognition that everyone is fighting their own battle.
Rain Dove offers this advice: “And the most unique thing you can be is yourself.”
“The gender thing doesn’t exist,” says Rain Dove.
Don’t Fit In
“It’s a social construct you don’t have to fit into,” she adds.
Dove says, “There are people who love you,” and they love you just the way you are.
Dove goes on to say that people will love you and accept you, but you have to start with self-acceptance.
Turn to Modeling
Eventually, Rain Dove found her niche as a model for both men’s and women’s clothing.
Dove says she is also actively pursuing an acting career.
Now that you’ve met Rain Dove, you can take a page from her book and learn to break a stereotype and accept everyone as they are.