A fashion model who recently admitted to lying about being transgender after making comments about transgender online says she now "takes full responsibility" for her actions.
20-year-old Carissa Pinkston came out as transsexual last week after she sparked controversy over statements she shared on Facebook, suggesting that transgender women are not women.
"Being a transgender does NOT make you a woman. It just makes you a Transgender, ”Pinkston wrote in May, modeled on Rihanna's Marc Jacobs and Savage x Fenty.
"This is how they want to be perceived. In the biological context, there are females and males. This is the world in 201
After being ridiculed and subsequently fired by her agency, Pinkston took to social media again to explain that her comments stemmed from her own" internal insecurities "as a transgender.
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forced to tell the truth. I'm a transgender, ”Pinkston writes.
“I moved to a very young age and have lived my life since then as a woman. It was very difficult to keep this secret, but what I said about Trans-Women is a direct reflection of my inner insecurity and since then I have realized that I am a woman … WE ARE ALL! "
Aaron Philips, a transgender model who knows Pinkston, later took to Twitter to accuse her of lying about her gender identity. Days later Pinkston issued another statement acknowledging that this was indeed a lie.
"I apologize for any transphobic remark I have ever made to the Trans community. I panicked and thought that if I came out as a Trans, I could somehow make things better for myself, but it seems like I've only made things worse, "she said.
"I'm really sorry. I'm only 20 and I'm human. I make mistakes, but I refuse to let them fix me. I hope you can all forgive me and keep going because I'm much more than this incident and I'm not a coward.
In an interview with Buzzfeed News on Tuesday, Pinkston explained, "I definitely feel like a trans person somehow," because she was bullied in high school.
Pinkston, however, denied that she had lied to be transgender in order to "conceal" her initial comments.
"There was never any backlash, but I panicked," Pinkston said. "And I know what it is like to be bullied and to be chosen for being different. And I wanted to get involved in the community. At that moment, I didn't know what to do."
She has since erased her apologies online, the reports.