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Carmen Carrera, a model, activist and reality TV star best known for being a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race, talks about finding herself as a woman. Carrera was born a boy in a small town in New Jersey. She didn’t feel right growing up and pretended to be other people. Carrera experimented with different identities her whole life to find where she fit in and to be loved. Only recently did she find peace as her true self after transitioning to a woman. Next to Laverne Cox and Janet Mock, Carrera is considered a trailblazing transgender icon who many people admire for her resilience.

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