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Ruby Rose says fashion is becoming freer

FashionBy Sunday World
Ruby Rose says fashion is becoming freer

Ruby Rose believes fashion is becoming more "freeing".

The 'Orange Is The New Black' actress - who is currently channelling gender androgyny as the face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren's new campaign - has admitted that gender-fluid fashion is more important for insecure younger generations to gain confidence.

Speaking to Refinery29 about the impact of gender-neutral clothing, the 30-year-old star said: "The reason this is important isn't for people my age and older; it's really about the younger generation. They're less secure themselves and why they look or feel a certain way -- they look everywhere to find identity and normalcy somewhere.

"The more we make [gender fluidity] mainstream, and the more this conversation continues and happens everywhere -- that's how a younger generation can be whomever they want to be. It's freeing."

The Australian beauty grew up as a "tomboy" and received a large amount of criticism for it, although she has become more understanding of her style choices as barriers have broken down.

She said: "I've always been a tomboy, and been gender-fluid; I have days where I dress more femininely, and then there are days where I'll dress with a masculine vibe.

"It's what I've always done, but now I can understand why I'm doing it more. Before, people on the street would say, 'Oh, you're dressed like a dude!' -- I would get confused, and it would kind of get to me. We're now breaking down those barriers ... allowing a female spokesperson to dress the way I do - androgynously.

"Those boundaries in fashion are slowly being broken down; regardless of who you are, it's about dressing for what you want to express. I'm allowing myself to dress how I want to, based on my identity, not based on how people want or think I should dress. That has made me happy, true to myself, and confident."