AzMarie Livingston is not just a talented model, actress, and Raven-Symoné’s partner. She is also a woman who is intentional about her work and how her work reflects her identity and expression. AzMarie identifies as an androgynous woman, and has successfully branded herself professionally to reflect that androgynous identity. She has managed to bring her full identity to her career, overcoming efforts to force her conformity, like this one:
AzMarie refused to wear butt pads to participate in a “booty tooch” competition, presumably a competition meant to showcase the model’s rear end. In the above clip, AzMarie expressed her concern with wearing the butt pads, stating, “I don’t know how I feel about this, because this is taking away from being androgynous.” She asserted her limits, saying she “draw[s] a line with that.” AzMarie suffered the consequences of asserting her professional and personal androgynous identity when she was not allowed to participate in that particular competition.
Undoubtedly, however, AzMarie also reaps the benefits. She has clearly identified her gender identity and expression, engaging in a process that, for many, can be scary, difficult, and overwhelming. Her fearlessness is not only evident in her process of self-revelation, acknowledgement, and acceptance, but also in her ability to present her full self, confidently and unapologetically.
Check out AzMarie in all her androgynous beauty:
AzMarie graciously took a photo with me at a bar in West Hollywood.