Meet Kirby (They/Them) and Ember (She/Her), two remarkable individuals on unique journeys of self-discovery and authenticity. After coming out at 41, Kirby found immense freedom and relief. With Ember by their side, they both strive to create visibility and community for late-in-life queer individuals. Let's take a look at their journey to help others and how our clothing helps secure their confidence and allows them to be out and proud!
Tell us about yourself, who are Kirby and Ember?
Ember: She/Her, ColoRADo. Social media manager to all our Fashionably Late platforms; Patreon, Instagram, and TikTok. I have recently started my career journey as a Reading & Writing Paraprofessional after being a SAHM to 5 boys for 8+ years off and on.
When do you feel like your most authentic self?
Ember: I feel like my most authentic self when I am able to freely speak my mind and share my journey. Whether that’s through a TikTok video, a podcast recording, or a simple text message. I gain more confidence within myself every time that I am able to step into my authenticity and speak on it publicly.
Existing as a queer person in the US is becoming increasingly more difficult. How do you remain positive in today's climate?
Ember: I steadily remind myself of why I started this journey & that helps ground me when I’m feeling uncertainty or doubt, and it reminds me of how far I have come and how much happier I am now that I am living my most authentic life. Sharing my journey and continuing to connect with new people can always shed positivity in my day to day as well.
What is most important to you when shopping for clothing that makes you feel comfortable and confident?
Ember: I like my clothing to make me feel confident in my body while also allowing a level of comfort and fashion. I find myself shopping in both the women’s AND men’s sections and like to switch up my style often.
What are your favorite products from Humankind?
Ember: I love pairing my one piece under my Pride (Rainbow Stripe) Trunks! They’re my favorite. I think it gives it a cute fem(ish) look that I prefer, allowing me to feel out and proud, while supplying a top level of comfort and still feeling confident in my “mom bod”. The rainbow stripe top also doubles as really great sports bra with some leggings to work out in for my fitness friends!