Years ago, people used to debate via forums whether white people could wear Lolita fashion or if it was just for Japanese folks to enjoy. The argument would often reach a stalemate when Western adherents of the style would retort (and rightfully so!) that Lolita fashion was based around the silhouettes and aesthetics of Victorian England and Rococo France - hence had white European origins. Therefore, Lolita was for anyone.
Then it was girls of color that were attacked for adorning themselves in frills and bows. Then people scoffed at the inclusion of the hijab for Muslim girls. And some even say it's not age-appropriate after high school.
Oddly enough, I've never really seen any kerfuffle about trans people in Lolita. Which makes me happy.
Meet Andrea, just stay away from the comment section on this Daily Mail article, a transgender woman who found herself when she finally discovered Lolita fashion.
Andrea started her transition in her 20's, and while she had amazing support from her family and the transgender community, it wasn't until she discovered Lolita fashion and attended her first meetup that she truly found a community that gave her a sense of acceptance and solidified her gender identity.
Good for her!
Lolita can be a wonderful place for one to express a softer and sweeter type of femininity and can be incredibly empowering and affirming, especially for trans women or femme individuals. Lolita has always been friendly towards the cross-dressing community as well.
Let's all support our fellow queer Lolitas in their quest for cuteness, elegance, and agency. <3