“There’s always gonna be someone who doesn’t like you or what you do.”
Most people judge the things they don’t understand, as that’s what we were taught when we were little, it’s a collective sort of thing. I don’t remember anyone in my family sitting me down at the table and saying: Patricia, for this day on you shall judge everything and everyone that’s different from you, period. It’s something that’s so wide spread and “natural” that you unintentionally pick up and then, when you have a revelation at 18-19, you start working your butt off to stop (as you can’t expect others not to judge you if you judge them, right?). However, sometimes you stumble upon a beauty so pure that even the most close minded people would be stunned. I know someone’s looks doesn’t represent their value, or just because someone is beautiful it means they should be judged less, I know, I know – yet I melt a little every time I look into Saline’s disarming eyes. She’s more than a looker, though, so keep reading.
My name’s Saline, I’m a 23 year old youtuber, self taught makeup artist and transgender mermaid based in lovely Copenhagen, Denmark.
2. How long have you been doing makeup and how did it all start?
I started doing makeup at age 11 when I somehow ended up with a hot pink lipliner that I would apply on my eyes and I think from that point on there was no turning back haha. I had always been really fascinated by badass women and dramatic makeup looks as a kid, and as a creative person it felt really natural for me to experiment with makeup and express myself through my looks. As I grew older, my passion became my job and now I’m super happy to be able to do what I do, both in real life and on social media.
3. How did people react to you “coming out” as transgender?
I was pretty overwhelmed by the amount of love and support I was shown when I came out last spring, both from people I know in real life and my followers online. I literally received hundreds of messages from people I’ve met at different times in my life and it definitely made me feel incredibly happy. Obviously all of my friends and family knew it was coming, but some of my followers had guessed it way before I announced anything which is really funny.
4. You said you’ve received a lot of support – but do you ever get hate? How do you deal with it?
Yeah, I think most people in social media get hate. There’s always gonna be someone who doesn’t like you or what you do. I deal with it, by not dealing with it. It can be superhard, but focusing on love and positivity is so much healthier.
5. What are some hardships transgender people face in Denmark?
Well, I can’t speak for every transperson in Denmark, cause I definitely think my experience has been a bit different. One thing that really has bothered me is how slow getting your transition started is. You wait for months and months to even get to talk to a psychiatrist and the whole process of getting your hormones and legally changing your gender takes forever, which is very annoying when you know and feel so strongly who you wan’t to be and what you need to do to get there. We have a long road ahead of us when it comes to upgrading the system, but it’s nice to see small changes. I’m definitely hoping to
spread information and awareness by sharing my own story so publicly.
6. What’s your stance on politics? Do you think it’s important for young people to get involved?
I’d rather not go too much into politics, as I feel like it’s a pretty personal and touchy topic that can really get people aggravated. I do think it’s important for young people to get involved though, as now is our chance to change the world for the better.
7. What are some role models you would recommend for transgender teens?
I think finding role models is something super personal, but I’ve always looked up to strong and intelligent women who aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves. One transwoman that I really respect and admire is Laverne Cox, I think she’s done a lot of good for transpeople everywhere. There are also many of us sharing our stories and transitions online, so if you look for the community, there’s lot’s of love and support to be found.
What are some trans youtubers or bloggers you think we should check out?
Some of my faves on youtube are Julie Vu and Stef Sanjati, cause they’re clever and have both done a lot of work to spread awareness on trans issues. Gigi Gorgeous too, but I feel like everyone know her already. Luna Lovebad on instagram has badass style.
What’s it like being a mermaid?
Being a mermaid is pretty chill. You know, dying your hair in pastel colors, drowning sailors and eating a lot of pizza. Life is good.
Oooh, so that pastel pink gorgeousness is your natural hair? I could’ve sworn it’s a wig! How do you take care of it?
Haha, I’ve been a hairdye addict for more than ten years so I’ve picked up a trick or two over the years. Something that really helps me is on wash days to drench my hair in organic coconut oil a few hours before washing (which I’m trying to only do once a week) and finish with an apple cider vinegar rinse. I try to let my hair air dry and only straighten it after it’s been washed. Just try to listen to your hair and don’t overprocess it + using good quality products help. Right now I’m all about Maria Nila.
11. What are some preconceptions people have about you based on your look?
I never cared much about what other people think of my look. I look the way I do for me and for me only, so the opinions of others really shouldn’t matter. However, it’s super cool to get positive feedback on my work on instagram and youtube from fellow makeup geeksand people who like expressing themselves with their style.
12. What are some makeup trends you are looking forward to this spring?
I’m excited to see more liner looks as the graphic ones in Fendi’s SS17 show and the more smudgy version from Elie Saab. I’m excited about pink everything, from brows, eyes, lips and cheeks. Very excited about playing around with holographic, duochrome highlights and shadows, glitter, dewy, glowy skin and then I’m planning on nailing the perfectly casual, but still fancy half up-bun this spring too.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t know where I’ll be five years from now, but I’m hoping it’s gonna be somewhere sunny and feeling really happy, successful, content and surrounded by the people I love.. A nice pair of boobs and a smooth transition too hopefully haha!