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[top] Marisol wears leather jacket by Roy Rodgers; t-shirt by Diesel Black Gold; leggings by MCQ; necklace by Screaming Mimis

[below] top by Stella McCartney; necklace by Screaming Mimis hair nelson verscher at rita hazan ny using redken and sarah sibia at see management make-up asami taguchi using mac COSMETICS photographic assistant rafael rios styling assistant david gomez-villamediana special thanks to hector xtravaganza

Marisol, 19

danielle levitt: Where are you from? marisol: I’m Puerto Rican to start off. I was born and raised in Washington Heights, then I lived in the Bronx and Queens and I now live in Harlem.

How did you become who you are? Well, the first time that I realised I wanted to become a female was when I was around six or seven years old. It all started off with sexuality. I wouldn’t say that was the time when boys started liking girls, because around that time boys think that girls are icky. But for some reason the attraction that I had for boys and the feelings I had for girls were very different.

You remember those feelings? I remember it as it if it was yesterday. I liked boys the way a boy is supposed to like a girl, like, ‘Oh, um, she’s really pretty, I’d go out with her.’ Things like that. The way I like girls, it was way more detailed, in the sense I was thinking ‘I like the way they dress, I like their hair, I wish I could wear that.’

What’s the difference between then and now? There were times I would think of committing suicide, because it was just like, ‘Am I always going to have to lead a second life?’ But then I decided to grow a backbone. Now, I’m happier, I’m more comfortable in my own skin.

nterviews Danielle Levitt Text and interview edits KAREN ORTON Go to DazedDigital.com/fashion to see Danielle’s videos 2010

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