Thank you LennyLetter for the assignment that introduced me to this gem, Shakina Nayfack. I could never imagine how difficult it must be transitioning. Nayfack crossed the globe for surgery and came back, not just a woman, but a woman who got on stage to sing and share her story with humor and guts. I am so impressed by her story, laid out in this interview with Olivia Clement:“Shakina Nayfack, on the Radical Act of Being a Trans Woman in Love .” From turbulent beginnings she has forged her own path, career, and non-profit.
I finished this article and started working on this portrait with one goal in mind: to show this beautiful woman who, like all of us, wants to laugh, love, and be loved.