It's worth watching this powerful Ruby Rose film about gender identity

Ruby Rose is an Australian actress currently breaking the internet after her star turn playing Stella in Season Three of Orange is the New Black.

In the wake of her success, a short film she made last year about what it's like when your gender identity deviates from the status quo titled 'Break Free' is going viral.

Rose begins the clip in a bandage dress with long blonde hair. She preens in the mirror, adding nail varnish and lipstick before cutting her hair into a short crop, stripping away her make up and binding her breasts to look more stereotypically male.

For the uninitiated, Rose explains gender fluidity as not really identifying as male or female. "I don't really feel like a woman, but obviously I was born one. So, I'm somewhere in the middle, which -- in my perfect imagination -- is like having the best of both sexes. I have a lot of characteristics that would normally be present in a guy and then less that would be present in a woman. But then sometimes I'll put on a skirt -- like today," she tells Elle.

Rose came out as a lesbian when she was 12 and is an ambassador for Headspace, an Australian mental health charity for young people.

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