Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Amy Brosnahan, an inspirational transgender girl from New Zealand, finalist of the Battle of the Babes, a New Zealand beauty pageant. Hello Amy!
I’m just a normal girl who happens to be seen as different, and quite often misunderstood. I consider myself to be a very strong person, and usually roll with the knocks, but occasionally things will push me right back down again and it takes a little while to bounce back. But I always do.
|Amy with some of her closest friends|
who have been so supportive of her.
One of the contestants was saying to me in a faux-friendly manner ' Just have fun, I know this is your first time but just don’t trip you will do fine.' When it came to my turn it was just me in a contest for the first time ever alongside others who had all competed before. When I walked down the runway for the first time it just came naturally to me, and I loved the experience so much.
|Taking part in Battle of the Babes - Amy was the only one in a swimsuit.|
Monika: What kind of clothes do you wear every day? Do you have your fashion brands, colours and styles?
I’d love to meet Carmen one day – she’s made a big impact on me, and Candice is my all-time winner. I love her walk, she looks amazing. There are so many fantastic models out there, but my list would be never-ending if I named them all.
|Her mum who Amy loves so much; she has|
tried to support Amy as best she can.
When I found out about Carmen Carrera she instantly became my role model. I look up to her, but I wouldn’t want to be her. She’s amazing and beautiful but I’m my own person and have my own goals, and over the years I have made myself my own role model with my dreams and aspirations – it is those that keep me wanting to improve myself and it pushes me to try new things and experience life to the fullest.
|Amy with Ben, a little FTM transgender boy|
who is like a little brother to her.
I know everyone has their own agenda, but I’m hoping to kick-start some of these things because I don’t want any transgender youth/child to have to go through what I did without support for themselves and their family.
Kelly Ellis is an MP in New Zealand and I admire her for standing up against transgender discrimination, she’s an amazing woman and has the biggest heart – even if she does portray a stern exterior to those who don’t know her. She is inspirational and has helped me on a personal level in the past. There is also Nikki Sinclaire, MEP, in the UK. I don’t know her personally, but a lot of her life story resonates with me.
I guess for a while I lost what the word love meant when my family treated me the way they did, and still sometimes I feel like there is no love there. Hearing ‘Oh, I only love you because I have to’ has stuck in my mind since I was a child. It is only now that I am beginning to learn what true love really means.
Monika: What is your next step in the present time and where do you see yourself within the next 5-7 years?
In the next 5-7 years I hope to be on billboards and be in New York modeling, and travelling around the world modelling, but my main priority is to raise awareness for transgender rights and help stamp out discrimination.
Be Someone, Be Yourself, Loud, Proud, and Fabulously Different – that’s my motto I live by. Just shine and be yourself.
Monika: Amy, thank you for the interview and good luck with your pageant! Fingers crossed!