Before Bruce Jenner, there was Janet Mock.
Back in 2011, Janet was a bright and beautiful woman with a Master's Degree from New York University, a dream job as an associate editor at People.com, and a loving, supportive boyfriend. But, this normal girl made major waves when she opened up to MarieClaire about a secret she hid from her colleagues and friends: she was born male. The Honolulu native revealed the difficulties she faced growing up and dealing with living in the wrong body until she was 18 years old. She also spoke about her gender reassignment surgery in Bangkok on her website and said:
“After a lot of hard work, planning, and sacrifice, 18-year-old Janet traveled across the world, where at the hands of a Thai surgeon, I united my body to my soul, and finally became the physical embodiment of the woman of my dreams.”
After sharing her brave story, Janet became a well-known transgender advocate. From her Twitter hashtag #girlslike us to her 2014 New York Times bestselling book Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, she has become a strong voice in the transgender community, and made even more waves last year when she read Piers Morgan for referring to her as "formerly a man."
Was a boy until 18.” @PiersMorganLive get it the f*k together. #redefiningrealness
.@PiersMorganLive I was not “formerly a man.” Pls stop sensationalizing my life and misgendering trans women. #redefiningrealness
With Bruce shedding more light on his transition into a woman, there is more discussion surrounding the transgender community than ever before, and this could be why Oprah recently snagged Janet for an intimate sit-down. That's right, the MSNBC So POPular! host will sit down for a heart-to-heart conversation with Auntie Oprah on OWN's Super Soul Sunday season finale!
Oprah's Super Soul Sunday series encourages people to view the world from different perspectives and become the best version of themselves. On the episode, the ladies will chat about several quotes from Redefining Realness and the differences between gender identity and sexual preference. Ms. Mock shared the exciting announcement on her Instagram page a few days ago and told her Facebook fans that it was “the interview I’ve been dreaming of.” Since then, she has gushed about the chance to giggle with and hi-five the Queen of TV. Seriously though, isn't it everyone's dream to hang out with Ms. Winfrey?!
OWN released a sneak peek of the interview and Oprah asked her what it felt like to have always known she was a girl. Janet replied:
"Confusing. It was confusing because I didn't have language yet. I didn't know how to articulate what I was feeling in rebuttal to the people who are charged with my care...as a young person you don't have much agency or decision-making so you just go wherever people pick you up and take you and say that this is the way the world is."
Super Soul Sunday: Oprah & Bestselling Author Janet Mock: Becoming Your Most Authentic Self will air on May 3rd at 11AM EST. In the meantime, take a look at the clip of Janet’s revealing discussion with Oprah:
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