What It's Like to Enter the Corporate World as a Trans Woman

Nicola Lawton, the assistant manager for influencer relations at Make Up For Ever, was unsure how she would be accepted as a trans woman in corporate America, but having a strong support system throughout her life helped give her the confidence she needed to feel accepted at her first job out of college. Not all trans individuals will have a story like Nicola's. Hers is one of acceptance and strong momentum. But through her vocational success and positive social life, she hopes to bring hope to others transitioning or still finding their way as a trans person. Her story, below.

I am me. I am me. I am me.

For the past five or six years, this has been my mantra—throughout my early years of college, when generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and depression washed over me stronger and louder than ever before. In the subsequent years, I began to piece together the puzzle of my mental health struggle and understand its correlation to my true gender identity. And even now, as a 24-year-old trans woman with a budding career in influencer marketing at Make Up For Ever and a strong (and uncommon for most trans individuals) support system of incredible family, friends, and co-workers. Through all the ups and downs of the last few years, this mantra has stuck with me (at first) as a plea to accept myself when I was afraid nobody else would: I am me, because there’s nobody else I can be. Now, I’m learning to use it as a statement of radical self-love: I am me, because there’s nobody else I’d rather be.