This World-Famous Beyoncé Impersonator's New Music Video Advocates Justice For Transgender Women

"Every part of me is beautiful, and I finally see I'm a work of art ... a masterpiece."

Michell'e Michaels, heralded on social media as Miss_Shalae, is best known for two things: her world-famous Beyoncé impersonation — and her advocacy for transgender women through breathtaking art. 

Last summer, she made headlines with "Lemonade Served Bitter Sweet," a transgender version of Beyoncé's latest Grammy-winning album. Now, she's honoring the lives of and seeking justice for transgender women in another music video for Jazmine Sullivan's "Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)."

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The video centers on Miss_Shalae walking through the woods toward a graveyard. Soon it becomes apparent each of the graveyard's headstones bares the names of a murdered transgender woman. 

As she floats — almost ethereally between black-and-white and color photography — the song's lyrics represent the perserverance of transgender women.

From the first verse, "My flaws don't look so bad at all / What was I so afraid of?" to the chorus "Every part of me is beautiful / And I finally see I'm a work of art / A masterpiece," the simple yet powerful words can resonate with anyone, regardless of gender. 

Throughout the video, various trans- and cisgender people hold up signs featuring expressions of love and empowerment towards transgender women. The first declares, "Trans = Human." Others proclaim, "I date trans women!!" and "Justice 4 trans women." 

The video ends with Miss_Shalae staring at the camera dead-on.

As her image fades to black, white words appear on the screen: "This is a state of emergency: It is reported that 25 transgender women were murdered in 2016 and seven transgender women before March of 2017. Almost all were women of color." Then, the video encourages viewers to "Say her name" before finally listing the names of each and every transgender woman who lost her life in the last year. 

Yuriel Young posted the video to Facebook with the caption, "As a nation we can put an end to this violence by educating ourselves and those around us. Don't stand by and watch these things happen. Don't spew words of hate toward something you don't understand ... Simply put, we are human too[.] Value our lives." 

Since the video debuted on March 16, it has since received more than 12,000 views. Many have left positive comments, calling the video "powerful," "amazing," and most often, "beautiful."

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