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Artist interview series: Charlile Craggs

Jul. 20, 2017
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Artist interview series: Charlile Craggs

In the latest installment of Laurence Philomène's artist interview series, Laurence interviews Charlile Craggs, the mastermind behind Nail Transphobia. As part of Nail Transphobia—an endeavor she masterminded in hopes of, well, nailing transphobia—Charlile goes to museums, galleries, and other public spaces and offers free manicures to the public.

Charlie's hope in facilitating Nail Transphobia is that the strangers who take her up on her offer—people who might never have met a queer or trans person before—will take advantage of the opportunity to have a conversation with a transgender woman and will walk away from the encounter as allies (with newly fabulous nails). And the results are promising: so far, she's painted nails for people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and races, and has  In other words, Charlile and her strain of "fabulous activism" are out to "change hearts and minds a nail at a time." And the results are promising: so far, she's painted nails for people of all shapes, sizes, genders, and races, and has participated in countless meaningful conversations.

When asked what advice she would give to young trans people, Charlile keeps it simple: You're not alone. "It's normal to feel the way you're feeling," she says. "It's hard, but it's an amazing journey to go through."


edited by  richelle chen & abbey sacks