Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Tommie Ross, an American entertainer and beauty pageant queen. Hello Tommie!
Tommie: Hello Monika! I'm great, blessed and highly favored.
Monika: Could you say a few words about yourself?
Tommie: I am a GOD fearing entertainer who enjoys life.
Monika: When did you decide that you would like to be a stage artist?
Tommie: After I saw my first show back in 1978, I knew instantly I wanted to do it.
Monika: Could you name some of the venues and shows in which you participated?
Tommie: I worked in different venues across the the United States, Canada, the Bahamas and Mexico.
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Tommie: I believe every time I perform a song on stage it's a form of acting.
Monika: You also take part in transgender beauty pageants. Could you say a few words about your pageants and trophies?
Tommie: I am 10 time national title holder, including Miss USofA, Miss National, Miss Continental, Miss Black America, and Miss World.
Monika: Being beautiful always produces a lot of girl power and empowerment. Do you often use it?
Tommie: Exterior beauty is nice but I truly believe inner beauty is better to have.
Monika: At that time of your transition, did you have any transgender role models that you could follow?
Tommie: The first Impersonators I saw were Donna Day, Hot Chocolate, Tasha Kohl, and Naomi Sims but I tried to find my own identity.
Monika: What was the hardest thing about your coming out?
Tommie: It was just a different time in the 80's; anything associated with transgendered people was thought of as negative.
Monika: What do you think about the present situation of transgender women in the American society?
Tommie: I think trans women are making positive steps in society but just like any other group of people there are ones that bring negative light.
Monika: We are witnessing more and more transgender ladies coming out. Unlike in the previous years some of them have status of celebrities or are really well-known, just to mention Lana Wachowski in film-directing, Jenna Talackova in modelling, Kate Bornstein in academic life, Laura Jane Grace in music or Candis Cayne in acting. Do you witness the same trend?
Tommie: Laverne Cox I believe is another fine example of a positive face.
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