Transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney is looking to embark on college speaking tours when students return in the upcoming school year.
Dylan Mulvaney (she/they) is a popular content creator with more than 1.8 million followers on Instagram and 10.7 million followers on TikTok to date. She used social media to share her transition and is known for her video diary series “Days of Girlhood.” She has also appeared in theatre productions, TV and film.
Ready to Start Speaking in Colleges and Schools
Mulvaney recently shared with followers that she hopes to speak to colleges and universities with a post that read: “I am booking speaking opportunities for the upcoming 23/24 school year and would love to come visit.” She concluded the post with the email of booking agent Crista Spadafone “for serious enquiries.”
Her booking agent recently confirmed that her speaking fee is now $40,000 to The New Guard, nearly double what it was just a few months ago. She is available to speak on topics such as Women’s Empowerment, LGBTQIA+ Advocacy, and Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI).
Bud Light Revenue Drop
Recently Bud Light came under fire for their brand deal with Mulvaney. For a sponsored ad, Mulvaney donned a cocktail dress while indulging in a refreshing Bud Light, engaging in lively discussions about March Madness. A fleeting glimpse of her custom-branded can was captured in a photo, adding an extra touch of charm to the moment.
The sponsored video on Instagram that Mulvaney posted caused major backlash. Bud Light experienced a significant decline in sales volume since then, with retail sales down 26% compared to the same period a year ago. Bud Light, which was once America’s most loved beer, has been dethroned by Modelo Especial, the Mexican larger.
“What transpired from that video was more bullying and transphobia than I could have ever imagined,” Mulvaney admitted in a recent Instagram video.
“For months now, I’ve been scared to leave my house, I’ve been ridiculed in public, I’ve been followed and I have felt a loneliness I wouldn’t wish on anyone,” she confessed. “And I’m not telling you this because I want your pity, I am telling you this because if this is my experience, from a very privileged perspective, know that it is much much worse for other trans people.”
Mulvaney criticized how Bud Light handled the situation by “turning a blind eye” and remaining silent.
“For a company to hire a trans person and not publicly stand by them is worse, in my opinion, than not hiring a trans person at all because it gives people permission to be as transphobic and hateful as they want,” Mulvaney revealed. “And the hate doesn’t end with me; it has serious and grave consequences for the rest of our community.”
Spreading Her Story
Last week, Mulvaney celebrated 500 days of being a woman and shared what she learned during that time, including lessons in love, friendship and trust.
At one point during those days, she thought if she “got really petty and stayed quiet,” she could get rid of some of the negative attention and “find success.” However, it “broke [her] heart” because she was so proud of using her voice but had grown to resent it.
She wanted to set a good example for people who “weren’t naturally good at advocating for themselves.”
The reel received mixed opinions, with some of her followers rejoicing at her success. “Day 500!!!! Thank you for sharing with us, Dylan, and thank you for protecting your well-being, too and bringing us along for the ride. We’re lucky to have you as a model.”
However, many top-voted comments attempted to drag down the influencer. “Your parents must so proud of the acting job you are doing,” one person said.
“As a feminist, I’m offended by everything you say. If you really wanna pretend to be a woman, don’t act and say such things,” another person wrote.
Controlling Her Own Narrative on Social Media
Mulvaney seeks to share her inspiring narrative of self-acceptance, resilience, and bravery. Through her active presence on social media, she sheds light on the challenges and experiences encountered by individuals within the transgender community.
This article was produced by TPR Teaching. Featured Image: lev radin // Shutterstock.
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