Rockin' fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan is starting a 'be you' revolution
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Rockin' fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan is starting a 'be you' revolution

Always wanted to cut off your long locks in favour of a rockin' green mohawk? Do it.

Been lusting after an outrageous pair of shoes that just wouldn't fly with your family (let alone your boss)? Buy them.

The Just Be Revolution founder Vicky Kidd-Gallichan.

The Just Be Revolution founder Vicky Kidd-Gallichan.Credit:Lori Cicchini

This is the premise behind a new army being built in Canberra - and they want you to enlist.

The Just Be Revolution is the brainchild of Rockstars and Royalty fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, who developed the idea over the Christmas holidays, sitting in a car for hours while watching her family fishing.

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"We did some stunning photo shoots with Lori [Cicchini] last year for Rockstars and Royalty and they really challenged gender boundaries and were just so inspiring," Kidd-Gallichan says.

The photo of Canberran Josh Sutevski (playing both male and female roles) that inspired the revolution.

The photo of Canberran Josh Sutevski (playing both male and female roles) that inspired the revolution.Credit:Lori Cicchini

"These images just sat with me, I knew I wanted to use the pictures for something but I wasn't quite sure where they fitted in or what the message would be.

"Then I got some major clarity that it was all about appearance and being judged on your appearance, and I just wanted to start a revolution to inspire people to be exactly who they want to be."

Hundreds of Canberrans have already signed up to the vision and a brave few have shared their stories on The Just Be Revolution YouTube channel.

Shannon Brown is a male burlesque dancer who started out behind the lens photographing shows, and now strips down to dance onstage. He admits burlesque dancing makes him "shit scared" but he loves it.

Hairstylist and aspiring makeup artist Justin Brunton has been building the confidence to wear makeup since 2013.

"It was a good feeling though - I could be myself. Now I can't really go a day without putting a little bit of makeup on.

"The first time I went out in public ... I felt like everyone was staring at me but realistically it was just all in my head. Now when I go out I feel amazing.

"People can stare at me all they want, I don't care.

"I used to be shy but today I'm very confident and will happily walk down the street wearing whatever I want."

Kidd-Gallichan says there are numerous ways Canberrans can join The Just Be Revolution - via the blog, and on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

"Ultimately the revolution is a platform for sharing stories," she says.

"We want to inspire and encourage people to have hope and to take that first little step.

"To have the confidence to put on the dress that they've always wanted to wear or have the haircut they've always wanted to have.

"Sometimes it can be a little thing that can make a big difference."

She says the long-term vision for Just Be includes challenging mainstream media on contradictory messages around physical appearance.

If you'd like to share your story via The Just Be Revolution email submissions@thejustberevolution.com

Bree Element is the life and entertainment editor at The Canberra Times

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