A woman who wears a man’s dress has made it through life in Paris on a diet of beauty products.
Bebe’s story is one of perseverance and self-acceptance.
Her story is part of a growing trend of women wearing men’s clothes, with many young women embracing the idea.
Bebe, 22, is one example.
She is a high school senior from Louisiana who grew up in rural Louisiana, and moved to Paris for university.
Her classmates and teachers often said, “I’ve never met a girl who wears men’s clothing, so I thought it would be fun to meet one.”
Bebe says she has not yet found a man, but she has found a way to be herself.
She says her classmates at school were always supportive and she wanted to show them she was not a threat.
She has started to dress up in men’s suits and ties, and has even started to ask people to wear them.
She wears the suits as much as she wears the ties.
Bebel says she is proud of the way she dresses and she is determined to not let her clothes define her.
I’m not going to let my body define who I am.
Bebes clothing choices have been inspired by other women.
Some women wear women’s clothing while on their own journeys of self-discovery, like Carla Williams, a 27-year-old freelance photographer from Colorado who wears her boyfriend’s jeans and a t-shirt while on a road trip.
Williams, a mother of two young children, says her journey to becoming a self-identifying woman has been “tough.”
Williams says she often feels rejected and has struggled to fit in.
My parents didn’t want me to be different.
I’m like, oh, my God, I’m not doing this.
Williams has tried to embrace her body but she says it is not easy.
She also says her boyfriend has told her that he likes her clothes, but they are not for him.
Williams says she knows her boyfriends wardrobe is a sign of her worth.
If I wear jeans and flip flops, he thinks, I am pretty.
I don’t think that the clothes I wear really matter.
But if I wear men’s shoes, my boyfriends reaction will change.
I’ll say, “Well, that’s fine.
I have a boyfriend.”
Williams adds, adding, “He’s not going anywhere.
He’s just going to be with me.”
Williams is a part of an emerging trend in Paris.
Parisians are embracing a new trend of fashion-forwardness, where women are embracing men in their own clothes, not just for fashion but for health and self confidence.
Lauren Ouellette, a 24-year old fashion designer, is an example.
Ouelhelle says she feels comfortable wearing her boyfriend jeans and t-shirts while she takes care of her kids.
She has worn her boyfriend shoes and dress shoes while working, too.
Ouellette says she hopes to be a fashion designer who will help women in Paris be better, and who can help other women around the world.
Oullette says the first thing that jumps out at her when she meets men is the style.
Oullette’s boyfriends shoes look like a modern, hip-hop inspired look, she says.
The idea of fashion, Ouellet says, has made her feel more comfortable and confident.
It is about how to wear yourself, she adds.
And then I see the shoes, and I feel like, I don’t have to wear that.
Oudles shoes are worn with a smile.
Oulet says she wants to wear the clothes she has been wearing to school and to work because she believes they will help her self-esteem.
I think my body is a beautiful thing.
I can wear clothes that I can’t wear anymore.
I don-want to be like other people who wear dresses.
I want to be in control of who I feel I am and how I feel.