Popular actress Keke Palmer says she will soon live her life as a man. The 22-year-old actress, best known for her 2006 breakthrough film Akeelah and the Bee, says she has thought about transitioning for some time and has finally built up enough courage to be her true self.
“I’m finally free to be me,” Palmer stated. “No longer can the chains of society bind me into a seemingly inescapable pod. Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes I will illuminate the sky with every color of me. Painting pretty portraits is easy when you’re tracing the already existing, but a totally unique Rembrandt is complex and priceless. We are not truly meant to live our lives according to society’s barriers. When you find the strength to no longer let society define you, you become new in every sense of the word. Whatever I become it will be the truest from of me.”
In late 2015 Palmer addressed rumors that she is bisexual saying, “I’m making the rules for myself, and I don’t have to be stuck down to one label.”
Palmer’s look has noticeably undergone many changes as of late. The Illinois actress turned many heads after showing up with some new ink on the back of her neck. Palmer explained her controversial “Queen of Kush” tattoo saying, “The Kingdom of Kush or Kush was an ancient African Nubian kingdom situated on the confluences of the Blue Nile, White Nile and River Atbara,” she began, quoting Wikipedia. This land is part of modern-day Sudan.
“What I love most is it’s [sic] history’s [sic] of female rulers!!” Palmer continued. “In school, we very rarely ever learn about female rules [sic] and never about African rulers. Amanirenas was one of the most famous Queens of Kush … because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Romans from in [sic] a war that lasted five years 😱. She was able to communicate a peace treaty that favoured the Kushites, granting them land and an exemption from future taxation. She has been described as brave, with one eye.”