I got to opportunity to interview an inspiring lady in the body positive community. I was so excited to get to know Gia from The Sassy Truth.
YouTube: The Sassy Truth
After checking out her Instagram as well as her YouTube, I came up with twenty questions on several subjects.
This first set of questions focuses on her life, her experience as a body positive advocate, as well as being plus size brown trans woman.
Me: Who is the biggest inspiration in your life that encourages you to do your best?
Gia: I would say my mother! I am the youngest of 4, and my mom raised us as a single mother. So growing up she has always been my role model, she has a great heart, is always kind, and tries to find the best in people. I think those are all the qualities that I have learned from my mom. She always encourages me to do my best, to always be myself, and continue going even when times get tough. I remember when I first came out as transgender to my mom. I was in my early twenties. I was terrified of telling her but once I did she said, “oh my god baby, good for you.” “I should have been the first person you told.” “I will always love you no matter what; you will always be my baby, and nothing can ever change that.” That melted my heart!
“I remember when I first came out as transgender to my mom and I was in my early twenties.”
Me: What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome in your life that helped to shape the strong person you are today?
Gia: Hmm great question, I would say my biggest hurdle in life has been my own personal acceptance of who I am. Growing up, I naively identified as a gay male although, I would always tell my friends I was a girl trapped in a boys body. I’m sure its no surprise to you that trans women have harder lives as compared to other folks in the LGBTQ+ community, at least in my opinion and my experience. So growing up I knew that I was trans but kind of tried quieting those thoughts because I knew life would be more difficult. There came a time in my life when I just had to choose between living my life for me, or living a life that was easier but not making me happy. So I think that hurdle of telling myself, “hey you’re more important, its gonna be hard, but this is who you really are, this is who you are meant to be,” was the biggest hurdle that has helped me in becoming who I am today.
“growing up I knew that I was trans but kind of tried quieting those thoughts because I knew life would be more difficult.”
Me: What or who inspired you to become a body positive advocate?
Gia: My best friend Brittney from xbrittney89! I met Brittney a couple of years back in San Diego. We both worked at sephora, and we have been best friends ever since! She introduced me to the body positive community, and I just felt so welcomed which is why I constantly try including people from all walks of life.
Me: Are there any misconceptions about being plus size/body positive that you hate?
Gia: Ugh; I hate it when people say that we are encouraging obesity, or that we are just lazy people that don’t want to lose weight. Totally NOT true, people just need to do their research and listen before they judge the movement.
Me: How do you deal with people who try to cross your boundaries with inappropriate invasive questions?
Gia: I just say no. Lol as a trans plus size brown girl, I’ve had lots of people ask questions that were too personal. So I usually just say hey, thats a little too personal can’t answer it. People are usually good sports about it and they let it go.
“stand tall and confident in your identity, and don’t let anyone EVER take your happiness away.”
Me: Is there anything you want to say to the people who bully or mistreat others in the trans community?
Gia: Have some compassion. I don’t understand how some people could be so negative to a community that takes so much. Aren’t we all human? I have absolutely no emotion towards people like that though, people who bully trans folks or mistreat them are probably the worst kind of people. But I would tell them to have some compassion, to practice kindness and to not judge a community by who they are, and how they live their life. I would tell them to mind their own business lol
Me: Best advice you can give to others in the trans community.
Gia: Be yourself! Its gonna be tough sometimes, I won’t lie about that. Living your life as the person who you have always felt, as opposed to living a life as someone you aren’t, is totally worth it! Surround yourself with people that support you. Stand tall and confident in your identity, and don’t let anyone EVER take your happiness away.
Now we are moving on to the social media questions mostly about YouTube and Instagram.
Me: Who are your favorite Instagrammers?
Gia: So many! Chooselifewarrior, yourstrullymelly, xbrittney89, bodyposipanda, janetmock, bustle, rupikaur, reynabiddy, shadeyshay, the_feeding_of_the_fox, bopo.boy, fashionmecurvy, and fatgirlsdancemovement, just to name a few!!!!
“I hope that by the end of this year I can get back on track to producing content and uploading regularly”
Me: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years of YouTube and in life?
Gia: Ahhhhh another great question. So I have been kind of laid back on youtube because I have just been so busy with my daytime job, and being an adult and paying bills. I hope that by the end of this year I can get back on track to producing content and uploading regularly. I see myself working more with fashion brands, I’ve slowly been increasing my relations with fashion brands, and I love clothes haha. Hopefully in the next 5 years I will be developing myself more as a person, speaking out about trans issues, and working with fashion brands to represent for the fat brown trans women.
Me: What inspired you to start your YouTube ?
Gia: My transition! I wanted to record what my transition was going to be like. I wanted to be raw and show what it was like for someone to go through that, my experiences and so forth. So thats really what inspired me, and my best friend xbrittney89 who also does youtube!
Me: How do you choose your topics?
Gia: Usually anything that interests me, or any weird stories. If im doing a haul or reviewing products I do those too. I usually have cute little coffee dates with myself and write out any ideas that I have and then just record them! I have a couple of product reviews coming up. I also have been working on a video timeline with my transition, as well as a video of what its like for trans girls on dating apps!
Me: What have you gained from being a youtuber?
Gia: A community that is really supportive! I have gained a little more confidence with who I am, and a lot of validation that what I am doing is helping people.
“I usually have cute little coffee dates with myself and write out any ideas that I have and then just record them”
Me: What do you like to watch on YouTube?
Gia: OMG not a lot of people know this but I am a HUGEEEE MARVEL/DC Comics fan, so I watch a lot of comic stuff in those realms, gameplay, music, DIY, and how to’s.
“I have gained a little more confidence with who I am, and a lot of validation that what I am doing is helping people.”
Me: When you first started, how did you get the word out that you were making videos? Did you just upload and hope for the best, or did you connect with fellow YouTubers?
Gia: I first showed up in xbrittney89’s videos! A lot of people noticed my channel from there. Slowly started increasing and started making videos with other YouTuber’s and thats kind of where I am at haha. I have to get my act together and get back in the realm.
“Be consistent, be confident and be yourself!”
Me: What is some general advice you would give to someone wanting to start a channel?
Gia: Be consistent, be confident and be yourself! You have to be real and raw with your audience, they want to get to know you!
Last but not least we have the fun get to know you type questions.
Me: What are your hobbies?
Gia: I love cooking, hiking, beaches, exploring Los Angeles, and a huge museum nerd too. I just recently got a ps4 so I have been at home playing video games haha!
Me: What is your favorite way to spend a night in?
Gia: Movies, pizza and pajamas for sure!
“I just recently got a ps4 so I have been at home playing video games.”
Me: What fictional place would you most like to go?
Gia: Haha anywhere in marvel universe, or even Themyscira where Wonder Woman and all the other amazon women are! That would be pretty bad ass.
Me: What job would you be great/terrible at?
Gia: Hmmm I would probably be good at an eating job lol ahaha or making home made pizzas. Actually my first job was a pizza maker at Papa Murphy’s, when I was like 15 haha. Terrible I would say maybe like UPS or something, I hate lifting heavy things lol.
“I haven’t visited many states outside of California so it would certainly be a great adventure!”
Me: What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
Gia: I would love to road trip through the US. I have been planning it for a while. Nothing set in stone, but I think a really great road trip driving with someone that I really care about would be awesome and amazing haha. I haven’t visited many states outside of California so it would certainly be a great adventure!
I truly enjoyed this interview and getting to know Gia, she is an amazing and outgoing, and I hope that we get to talk even more in the future. Thank you again Gia, I truly loved and enjoyed all of your answers!