I was 11 years old when I first heard the words, “beautiful girl”.
In the late 1980s and early 90s, I was an avid fan of the late glam rockers, The Velvet Underground.
It was a group of young girls from the East End of Melbourne who created a buzz and were a great inspiration to me growing up.
They were talented musicians, a great songwriter and they had a distinctive sound.
But the girls weren’t just good-looking.
I’d always wanted to be a girl.
By the time I turned 14, I had already written the lyrics to my first hit song, I Am A Girl, which I wrote and performed at the Victoria University of Technology, as a part of the student body singing group, The VU.
The song went on to become an Australian national hit, with more than 6 million plays.
That’s when I was first introduced to the concept of beauty.
One of the things I was very proud of was that I was beautiful and it wasn’t some sort of mark of inferiority.
When I was 15, I went to a beauty clinic, and I got my first injection of hormones.
You could have a look in the mirror and you could see that you were beautiful.
My sister, who was a nurse, told me that if I had a girl’s body, I would have a beautiful body.
At that time, there was no medical reason for me to feel that way.
And so I began to believe that the girls were beautiful, that I should feel that I too was beautiful.