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19 Celebrities Who Have Defied Gender Stereotypes 

Devon Ashby
Updated May 23, 2020 2.1M views 20 items

Thanks to the rising profile of transgender celebrities like actor Laverne Cox and writer Janet Mock, Hollywood is finally aware of transgender issues. We know there are trans people out there who are talented, beautiful, and famous, but what about celebrities who are genderfluid or non-gender-conforming?

Until 2014, Bosnian-Australian model Andreja Pejic identified her gender as nonbinary and didn't identify as either a man or a woman. “There are just more categories now,” she told Vogue in 2015. “It’s good. We’re finally figuring out that gender and sexuality are more complicated.” Other people, including famous and influential ones, have identified the same way. Below is a list of musicians, actors, writers, performers, and artists who have identified as non-gender-conforming, genderfluid, genderqueer, agender, pansexual, or nonbinary, or something else in between.

Sam Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 19 Celebrities Who Have Defied Gender Stereotypes
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Sam Smith took to Twitter on September 13, 2019, to reveal they would be changing their pronouns to "they/them."

Smith wrote: "Today is a good day so here goes. I've decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM. After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out..." 

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Angel Haze is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 Celebrities Who Have Defied Gender Stereotypes
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Rapper and occasional model Roes (previously known as Angel Haze) identifies as pansexual and told BuzzFeed in March 2015, "To be honest with you, I'm not really a girl... If anything I'm more on the guy end of the spectrum."

In 2015, she also told the Evening Standard, "I sound like four people when I get written about as 'they.' It drives me crazy. If you call me 'him' or 'her' it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience."

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Alok Vaid-Menon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 Celebrities Who Have Defied Gender Stereotypes
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Alok Vaid-Menon

Alok Vaid-Menon, who goes by ALOK, is a writer, performance artist, community organizer, and Stanford graduate. They are the author of Femme in Public and Beyond the Gender Binary.

"I want every person questioning their gender out there to know that you are enough," Vaid-Menon says. "There is no one way to be a boy, a girl, or even transgender - there are as many genders as there are people on this planet."

Lena Waithe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 Celebrities Who Have Defied Gender Stereotypes
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Emmy-winning screenwriter and actor Lena Waithe opened up about her fashion choices on NPR's Fresh Air. Waithe is known for her gender fluid manner of dressing and stated during the interview she usually shops in the men's department, going on to say: 

I try to sort of make the male clothes fit my aesthetic. And I think I can kind of make clothes that are made for men almost appear as if they were made to be worn by a woman.