As the new year approaches, I’m excited to announce a new change to our Bars the Benefit program. Starting on January 1, 2020, 10% of the profits from the Born This Way rainbow soap will go to Transform Studio Cincinnati. Transform is a free clothing and styling boutique for transgender and non-binary kids and teens who are ready to find a new, authentic style all their own.
Shopping for clothes is often an uncomfortable and intimidating experience for the transgender people. Plus, changing your entire wardrobe is hella expensive! Transform offers a safe space to try on new clothes and test out new styles, and all the clothes taken home are free! Before coming in, clients fill out a detailed profile and Transform’s teen stylists use the information to craft a custom wardrobe. I mean, they even use teen stylists since they know current fashion and trends. (Side note: I’m still so confused on what makes a VSCO girl but I am pretty sure I was one in high school) Transform is an absolutely brilliant idea and I am so excited that it’s available to LGBTQIA kids and teens in Cincinnati.
Founders Nancy Dawson and Tristan Vaughn. Photo courtesy of Transform's Facebook Page. Used with permission
The idea for Transform was started by make-up artist Nancy Dawson, who I’ve been quietly admiring for years. Seriously, she’s one of the coolest people in Cincinnati and I’ve wanted to take one of her make-up classes years.(But haven’t because I’m terrible at self care). Nancy worked with Marissa Fine and Tristian Vaughn to start Transform. Nancy’s daughter Ella Dastillung also helped found Transform and is one of the stylists.
Transform volunteers sorting donations. Sorry, not sorry Melinda! Photo courtesy of Transform's Facebook page. Used with permission
What I love about Transform is that it is more than just clothes. Not all transgender and non-binary kids and teens have supportive parents and even supportive parents struggle with how to support their child. Everyone involved at Transform can help clients find the support and programs they need. It’s more than just a boutique. It’s a community.
Earlier this week I dropped off bars of Born This Way that Transform will start selling as a fundraiser. Nancy and I are in top secret talks to come up with a bar specifically sold at Transform. It’s not actually top secret but I like building suspense. I promise to share more information when it’s ready!
If you want to help Transform in other ways than buying great soap, check out their Amazon wish-list and follow the Facebook page for volunteer opportunities.