Gigi Gorgeous Was Told She Could Never Be a Writer, So She Went and Wrote a Book

By | April 17, 2019

YouTube star Gigi Gorgeous always wanted to be an author. When she was little, she would page through her parents’ coffee tables books of fashion, home, or photography, and dream of one day writing her own.

Growing up, the only stories of transgender people she saw on TV were the sensationalized ones being exploited on The Jerry Springer Show. “If I had a book where I saw a transgender person, my life would have been changed forever,” she says.

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When she was in seventh grade, Gigi wrote an essay for class…two hours before it was due—and her teacher pretty much told her that she should never again try to write. She remembers her teacher’s harsh words to this day: “I was so hurt and taken aback by that, because hearing ‘no” right in my face was really, really discouraging.”

After school, Gigi took some time to explore different aspects of her life and her potential career. Ultimately, she decided to focus on what would become her massive YouTube empire, documenting everything from major life milestones to her favorite makeup looks.

Through YouTube, Gigi began to share her life. Eventually, this same openness helped her craft her experiences into a book. “Two and a half years ago, I was just keeping diaries and journals and memories and feelings at the time. I didn’t know that it was going to become ‘the book,’ but I had all this stuff that I had written and worked on, and ideas and formats that, I was like, ‘well, this is it,’” she explains.

Those journals became her book, He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories and Mistakes from my Transgender Journey, which is available now.

He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes from My Transgender Journey

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In many ways, Gigi’s book has made her the role model that she herself never had growing up. “I feel so blessed now that there are so many other people in the media that I can relate to,” she explains. “I’m just very honored and blessed to even be one of them.”

Gigi is thankful when she looks back at her journey to writing the book: “I think a lot of people when they are told no, they want to get angry at the person who told them no, but I want to thank my teacher for telling me that, because it pushed me, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her and all of the challenges that I had in my life.”

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