“I’m just a girl” she emphasized over and over again. But is she really? Hailie Sahar might still be a little girl at heart and in private, but to the public she’s already way more than that. The TV show “Pose” will be airing on June 3rd, 2018, and we are more than ready to see Hailie on screen! The “complete goofball” how she calls herself is acting, making music, writing, producing and as if that wasn’t enough already – setting foot in the fashion industry as well. Jute Fashion Magazine talked to her about “Pose”, her transgender background and her becoming a “blueprint”.

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First of all, how would you describe yourself and what’s a fun fact to know about you?

I’m Hailie Sahar and I would describe myself as a very creative person. I think outside of the box when it comes to social norms, and I’m not afraid to express myself artistically, whether that be using visuals, taking risks in my hair, makeup and fashion choices or in my career with acting and music. A fun fact is that I’m definitely still a kid at heart! I love to laugh and act silly.

 

You’ll be on the TV show Pose; what can we expect to see?

You can expect a unique storyline that is full of creativity and energy. I believe everyone will be able to connect to it because they will see themselves in each character. I play LuLu in Pose, which is a story about the underground ballroom scene in the 1980s. It’s based off of the 1987 documentary “Paris is Burning”, and for the first time in history a show is starring five leading trans actresses.

Sounds amazing! How was working with your co-stars and shooting the episodes?

Working with my co-stars was like walking into a room of family members. Everyone is so uplifting, silly and insightful. It’s an environment in which a true artist would dream of working, and that space really allowed us to be creative.

Apart from Pose, what are your current projects?

I just recorded brand new music! I was inspired by the vibes of the 80s while working on Pose, so you can expect unique instruments and sounds. I will be releasing it this summer on my website (hailiesahar.com) and it will be available on iTunes.

And you’ve been in this industry quite a while for your age. When and how did you start acting?

I started acting and dancing when I was 9. My mom put me into performing arts school and I grew an overwhelming passion for the arts that’s never left me.

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You have a transgender background; would you like to tell us something about it?

I am just a girl with big dreams who happens to be of trans experience. Overall I am just a girl like any other girl who wants to be like their mother when they grow up, and wants to be treated with respect, dignity and love. I’m just a girl.

That’s pretty humble – impressive. But what are common stereotypes or misperceptions you have to face?  

Common misconceptions and stereotypes that women of trans experience face is that we are sexually deviant and are somehow incapable of functioning as a normal human in this world when it comes to job placement, equal opportunity and even love. Trans people are treated less than human.

Because you mentioned job placement: would you say being transgender in the movie industry makes a difference for you when it comes to castings?

I think there are not enough opportunities for trans women and men. I think that if you are an artist and you’re great, you should be given a chance to be great. We’re talking about art here, and the freedom to express and be creative.

Do you feel like social media has an impact on how respectful and accepting people are?

We’re in a time where social media is very influential, if not the most influential thing people interact with. What is posted and what’s seen by the general public, who may not even be interested in learning about trans experiences, truly plays a part in affecting what people think of the trans community and our experiences. It’s crucial and vital to put out good and accurate content.

Do you think that TV shows like Pose help people become more open-minded?

Pose is a show that I believe people will see a reflection of themselves in. it will help them to connect to it in a way that is humanizing, which ultimately will bring understanding that we are all the same and we are all searching for love.

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Pose plays in the 80s, now about 40 years later a lot has changed; people seem to be more open-minded about different sexualities, religions etc. – but would you say they have actually become more accepting or is it solely superficial or even an illusion?

I think the topic of gender and sexuality are definitely more talked about today, however the countless murders of trans women and men still continue to reach outstanding numbers, and keep in mind that’s only the deaths that have been accounted for. I’m sad to say not much has changed since the 80s or before the 80s. I don’t think people stop to realize that these people they’re killing out of hate have families, friends, and lives, just like them. I don’t think that the fight is over, I think it’s only the beginning. I’m happy to be a voice for peace.

What is one thing you had to learn the hard way during your career?

One of the hardest things I had to learn in my career is that there is no blueprint for a woman of trans experience. There was no blueprint for someone unique like myself, and no one I could look to follow in their footsteps, and with all of the hurdles I had to navigate through, sometimes I didn’t know how I was going to get to my destination. I had to roll up my sleeves, stay grounded, focus, pray and have faith in God that everything would be OK, and with that determination and diligence I’m here today, and hopefully can be someone else’s blueprint.

 

I know you are a blueprint for young people who are already looking up to you. What is a piece of advice that you would give to your younger self or one of your fans?  

The advice I would give to my younger self or someone who looks up to me is pray and have faith. Block out any negative thoughts or any negative things that people have said about you because they are not true. You are immaculately created, so believe in yourself always and forever and never stop dreaming.

 

Now we’ve heard a lot about your professional life. So, who is Hailie Sahar in private? What are you doing in your free time and what is important to you?

Hailie in private is a lot of things. I love to cook and I’m also a nerd! *laughs* I love to learn and do art, but aside from that I am a complete goofball. I’m always making jokes and laughing. Everything else you could learn just comes from being in my company!

 

And is fashion also crucial?

YES! Fashion is life to me. Fashion is art, and fashion tells the world a story every time you step out of the door. Some of my biggest inspirations in fashion are Grace Jones, Josephine Baker, and Prince.

Last question: what are your goals for the next few years?

In the next few years I will be producing, writing movies and television shows, and will have a heavy hand in the fashion industry. Hailie Sahar coming your way!

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photographer: Lynzi Judish

stylist: Sydnee Paige

hair: Li Murillo

makeup: Joslyn Spurlock

styling assistant: Amanda Odeh

retoucher: George Buczko

story: Marie-Christin Tripolt

 

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