A father and his 11-year-old transgender child have collaborated to craft a swimwear line for trans children.
What are the details?
The brand includes swimwear, underwear, and more, all intent on shaping the appearance of "nonbinary" bodies.
"The outside [of the swimwear] is made of a shaping spandex, and in the inside, there are two layers of mesh that keep everything in place," Ruby says. "No need for tucking or for large padding in the front."
Alexander told BuzzFeed that Ruby's transgender journey began when the child was just 3 years old.
"Ruby's relationship with girls' clothing and shoes as she navigated her gender identity may have started as early as 3 years old," he told the outlet of his child's journey to crafting the brand.
He explained that when the child was just 4 years old, Ruby would spend more time at the beach crafting a towel into a flowing skirt rather than playing in the water or building castles in the sand.
"We went to the beach often, and while some kids chose to swim in the lake or build sandcastles, Ruby would spend hours fashioning her towel into a skirt," he recalled. "Once she got it just right, she would sashay along the beach as though she was in a photo shoot."
By 5 years old, Alexander told the outlet, Ruby was obsessed by princesses.
"Ruby always wanted to act out the movie 'Tangled' — with me as the prince and her as Rapunzel," he recalled. "Her head was always wrapped up in multiple bedsheets, knotted together, and dangling down a flight of stairs to aid to her rescue. That performance ran every day for a solid year."
By third grade, it seemed apparent to Ruby and Alexander that the child was ready to transition, he said.
Alexander said that Ruby just wanted to be able to "wear the same clothes as most of her girlfriends."
"In some cases, it seemed she wouldn't be able to do so safely until I started exploring options for trans girls," he said. "I discovered there are a few places where you can buy bikinis and underwear geared toward trans people. Ruby has tried a few with varying levels of success."
Ruby's experiences prompted the two to work together to craft their own brand, Rubies.
"I would like to imagine a world where kids can wear whatever they want, irrespective of their anatomy," he told the outlet in conclusion. "I am certain in another generation, this will be the case, at least in the progressive cities of North America. In the meantime, we can find ways to help our kids express themselves safely."
In a recent interview with the Times of Israel — which points out the brand markets its product as suits that "magically turn a pointy poker into a dainty dune" — Alexander said that the brand is popular with parents who "appreciate that someone cares and is doing something for these kids."
Ruby told the outlet, "I like working with my dad. I'm learning real-world skills like expenses, costs, and customer service. And I model the products."
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