I am Zhané Michelle, 22 years young, born in Tallahassee, Florida. Although, I was born in Tallahassee my family and I relocated to Miami when I was about 6 years old. With that being said, growing up I was fortunate enough to be able to call two different cities my home. Each one teaching me different values that have helped me become the person I am today. One of the most appreciated characteristics, Miami has taught me, is how to embrace diversity.
As a child I was always full of life, I was never judgmental or afraid of anything. I liked anything challenging, anything that was different. I was always different from the other little girls. I knew that early on, I’d rather play football, than to play with barbies. I’d rather wear the latest Nikes, than get my toenails polished. It all started in the 90s when my Auntie would dress me in Tommy Hilfiger from head to toe. In Kindergarten, my Step dad bought my first pair of Jordans and told me to never let anyone step on them, I kept those shoes cleaner than my room.
As I started approaching my early teens, my style and wardrobe began to get a little conflicting. I wasn’t really sure why but, it wasn’t until later, after I entered high school, that I realized women’s clothes weren’t meant for me. I’d rather be my own definition of fresh and do it my own way. By the time I was 14 my entire closet was full of boys clothes, and that’s when I fell in love with fashion. Its a unique representation of who you are, you can tell so much about a person by how they dress and carry themselves.
I’ve always been open about my lifestyle, and when it came time to switch things up, instead of the backlash I was expecting from friends and family, they were actually, the ones who supported me, and still do to this day. I recently started modeling in 2015, and since then I’ve inspired a lot of androgynous women to step out and try it as well. I’ve had women come to me and tell me how they looked to me as a role model. For me, that’s what it’s all about, the community needs more leaders, and I’m more than ready to be one of them.