WOWlebrity Ts Madison has been having a legendary run of success, but don’t call it overnight success. The New York Times chronicles all the hard work it took for her to go from working the streets to gracing screens large and small.
Ms. Madison attributes the many dark times she has faced as fuel for her ambition and as reference for her acting.
“I’ve always felt two spirited. I’ve always felt connected to men and women,” Ms. Madison said. “I knew I didn’t want to be one or the other one. I wanted to be both.”
A year later, RuPaul’s “Supermodel” was a hit, and Ms. Madison saw the video on television. She admired RuPaul and saw parts of herself in him, but she felt she was not a drag queen. Slowly, her identity began to take form. Ms. Madison said she found “underground friends” in her Miami hometown who taught her about transitioning. In 1997, she started hormone therapy and began growing her hair and shopping in the women’s section. The backlash came swiftly.
“I finished high school, I did some college and wanted to have a job but was in the process of transitioning,” Ms. Madison said. “I dropped out of college, I didn’t go back and I got fired from many jobs because they didn’t understand me coming to work like this.”
Despite all her challenges and setbacks, Maddie kept her eyes on the prize until all her hard work paid off.
If you haven’t seen Zola yet, check out the trailer:
I also recommend her episode of “Lemme Pick You Up” with RuPaul:
And be sure to check out our WEtv series The Ts Madison Experience:
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