“Success of whites has been built on the backs, blood, and death of people of color”, Munroe Bergdorf
Munroe Bergdorf is a famous name in DJ and Fashion industry, and Drag World. Before getting to know her, we would have to understand a few terms that are central to her life.
Munroe was a boy till the age of 18, but as she grew up, she realized that she related more with women than with men. Since her childhood, she always felt that she was supposed to be a girl, not a boy but tried to hide her feelings for the fear of being different. Gradually, she blew off all her fears, and finally started her journey of becoming a woman. Hence, Munroe Bergdorf is transgender. Transgender is an adjective denoting a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex.
What is the difference between gender and sex, you may ask? Sex constitutes the biological and physiological differences between men and women while gender refers to cultural norms, societal expectations, roles, etc. of men and women. Sex is determined by birth and cannot be changed, but gender is not determined by birth and can be changed if the person wishes to change it.
Munroe started her transformation of becoming a female by doing drag. She has worked with various model agencies for various fashion and beauty brands including Illamasqua and Boy London. She had been working with L’Oreal but was fired in August 2017, after working a week for the brand. The speculation of reasons behind her dismissal involves Munroe’s comments about institutionalized racism in an interview with the Daily Mail. Munroe explicitly claimed in her remarks that all whites are racists. This sparked huge online disputes as white people started defending themselves and intersectional racism came into the scenario. On being questioned, Bergdorf could be seen agreeing that while all whites may not be racists explicitly, racism is implicit. She also proclaimed that “success of whites has been built on the backs, blood, and death of people of color.”
Munroe comes 8th on the list of the most influential LGBT persons. She is the Transgender icon of the world and an inspiration for many transgender kids. In interviews, she has often talked about how transgenders are objectified &/ fetishized. She feels offended when someone asks about her private parts and whether she has gotten a surgery for them or not, as that question is not asked from other genders. Porn was where Trans women were first introduced to the world, so it’s not a surprise that they are fetishized and there is a lack of knowledge about them. In her interviews, she talks about the shame and embarrassment she had felt when her body was transforming due to the artificial hormones she was taking. But, at the same time, she feels more like herself. A complete loner in an all-boys conservative school, Munroe now works as a DJ at high-end parties and is rocking the fashion world.
Munroe Bergford is the cornerstone of London’s drag scene, an inspiration to many, a transgender icon and an influential LGBT person. From being an ashamed 18-year-old boy who did not understand where he fits in the paradigm of the gender world, to an independent woman who is owning her transsexuality and helping other transsexuals, she has come a long, difficult way.