An 11-year-old boy is breaking gender stereotypes by dressing in drag.

Leo Noakes, from Leicestershire, wants everyone to know that it's OK to be different - in fact he loves it.

He appeared on Loose Women as Violet Vixen, donning fishnet tights, a full face of makeup and sporting a dress.

Leo 'feels more like himself' like this, he told the panellists.

His mum Lauren assumed her son wanted to change his gender, but later realised it wasn't about that at all. She said:

From my ignorance I assumed that's what he wanted. It's not that at all. But actually, he's really open anyway. 

He really clearly just says, 'I'm a boy, I like being a boy, just because I've got a penis doesn't mean I can't wear a dress.' 

He just wants to show everybody it's OK to be different. That's what he taught me. 

For Leo, dressing in drag gives him confidence. He said:

It gives you more confidence you feel more like yourself.

Leo appeared at the beginning of the show dressed in 'boy' clothes before transforming into Violet, and viewers loved it.

Drag queen Courtney Act was also impressed with Leo. In a video message to the 11-year-old, he said:

I love you lots... you're inspiring a conversation about how silly it is to apply a gender to a piece of clothing.

His mum recalled that when he was younger he would often dress in his 10-year-old sister Nelly's clothes.

He's always been flamboyant and a big character and he's always been wanting to dress in high heels and dresses and things.

H/T Mail Online

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