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.
11-year-old Leo has transformed himself into his alter-ego Violet Vixen... https://t.co/vxUgni4JAG— Loose Women (@Loose Women) 1533731034
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.
@loosewomen I say “let’s be more Leo” xxx— Claire Wilkes (@Claire Wilkes) 1533739583
@loosewomen Fair play to mum for not trying to squeeze him into a stereotypical and outdated gender mould. If he wa… https://t.co/RuFnt7RLtj— sue Williamson (@sue Williamson) 1533733226
#loosewomen follow your heart leo don't let words break you, if you want to express yourself in your way then I thi… https://t.co/VPoPpX8fV7— joo (lupus warrior#GTTO💙 (@joo (lupus warrior#GTTO💙) 1533731471
@loosewomen What an amazing mum letting her son express himself ... hes not hurting anyone and looks fab .. anyone… https://t.co/LmsznwbeNn— Lisa Dock (@Lisa Dock) 1533731276
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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