Transgender Teen Jazz Jennings Scores Skincare Campaign

Transgender teenager and activist Jazz Jennings inked a deal with Johnson & Johnson this week to be one of the new faces of its #SeeTheRealMe campaign for Clean & Clear skincare products.

The 14-year-old, who recently landed her own reality television series at TLC, joins other teenagers in the company’s social media campaign designed to promote natural beauty.

“I’ve always known exactly who I am,” Jennings says in the advertisement. “I was a girl trapped in a boy’s body. Growing up has been quite a struggle being transgender, especially in middle school. Some kids greet each other with hugs, and then just give me a ‘Hi.’ And sometimes I’ve even been called an ‘it.'”

“The real me is happy and proud to be who I am. And I’m just having fun being one of the girls,” Jennings concludes.

“I feel really honored to be part of the #SeeTheRealMe campaign,” the teen told Huffington Post. “It’s really amazing, as it helps many teen girls who are struggling. It helps them to find themselves and be true to who they are. I hope they can learn to be brave and not care what other people think about them, because if they just stay positive and spread love, then others will be true friends who will accept them no matter what.”

Jennings is set to star in TLC’s tentatively-titled All That Jazz reality series this summer. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will center on Jennings “in her daily life, juggling her foray into high school while navigating how a transgender teen approaches dating and sleepovers all while avoiding male puberty.”

Jennings, who was reportedly diagnosed with gender dysphoria at the age of 5, has also written a children’s book, titled I Am Jazz. She landed on Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” list.


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