Carmen Carrera is hopeful about the future, and she's got a lot of reason to be.
The trans model and actress has a new show on Fusion called Outpost, produced by Pharell, and she's getting a chance to advocate for LGBT rights all across the globe. Along the way, she's been majorly inspired by the people she's met.
"Now more than ever we have so many young people who are more actively involved in politics and more aware and informed of what's happening in the world," Carrera said during her appearance on A Plus's A Grain of Saul live stream. (Check out our Facebook page every Tuesday and Friday afternoon for more A Grain Of Saul content!)
Coming into the industry, Carrera said she had an idealistic view about the affect she could have and how simple it'd be to find work. But over time, she realized that there were more challenges than she might have expected working as a trans model. Some companies, she explained, are worried about what middle America might think about a trans model advertising their products.
This doesn't make a lot of sense to Carrera.
"I love to model, I love beauty, I love beauty products, why should I not be able to sell it to other women?" Carrera said.
As for getting to where she is, Carrera — who is now a well-known face in the modeling and LGBT activism world — had some advice for young people out there who might be questioning their own identity.
"It's not always rainbows and unicorns," she said about getting to know yourself. "Take your time, and don't be afraid to express yourself. You have to let yourself just be where you are in the moment and understand that this is a long process... what's most important that you understand yourself."
Still, it's those same young people that inspire Carrera to be optimistic about the future. With the power of the Internet, communication, and so much social awareness, she's hopeful this next generation will take us to a new level of understanding and progress.
"It's best to take that power and to really think about finding a solution for some of the world's problems," Carrera said. "We have a chance to influence our future, we have that moment right now, and that's what gives me a lot of hope."
You can watch her entire interview with A Plus's Isaac Saul below: