Ruby Rose Wins GQ Australia's Woman Of The Year Award

November 15th 2015

Laura Donovan

"Orange is the New Black" star Ruby Rose made headlines this summer after opening up about being gender fluid, and the actress discussed the importance of staying true to oneself when she accepted GQ Australia's Woman of the Year award.

Rose, who prefers she/her pronouns despite not fully relating to a particular gender, said that her home country of Australia taught her to embrace her identity no matter what.

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"I guess what Sydney and Australia taught me was really to be fearless and to be true to myself," she said. "Not every woman, not every human in the world gets to do that, and I do, and I get celebrated. I want everyone to be celebrated and true and to be honest with themselves."

Ruby Rose accepts GQ Australia's Woman of the Year award

As Rose pointed out in her address, she was well-received after opening up about gender fluidity during the summer, telling Elle magazine in June that she was proud to be alive during a significant cultural moment for gender identity:

"I think it's amazing that Caitlyn [Jenner] got the cover of Vanity Fair and there are media outlets that are willing and wanting to put her on the cover; to put her in the magazines, on the shows, in their brands, however they're supporting her. And by supporting her they're supporting that whole community. It's huge. Between 'Orange' with Laverne [Cox], the show 'Transparent,' and Caitlyn Jenner, obviously we're in the middle of something enormous – a transgender movement. I'm just proud to be alive during this massive shift in the world."

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Rose also told Elle that the gender spectrum is more complicated than many realize.

"Gender fluidity is not really feeling like you're at one end of the spectrum or the other," Rose said. "For the most part, I definitely don't identify as any gender. I'm not a guy; I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which—in my perfect imagination—is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I'll put on a skirt—like today."

In July, she told Access Hollywood that she had considered transitioning as a teenager. After shaving her head, changing her speaking patterns, and embracing a new appearance, however, she figured out that she merely wanted to be more comfortable with herself.

"I realized I didn't want to transition, I just wanted to be more comfortable in my own skin," she said.

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In 2014, Rose broached the subject of gender fluidity in a video titled "Break Free" in which she loses her feminine look for a more masculine appearance.

Ruby Rose in "Break Free" video

Ruby Rose in "Break Free" video