Diondra Elan

Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails - Dallas

What does liberation look like for you?

Being able to be the person I designed as a child. Taking that design and bringing it to life despite all the obstacles that are placed against you in order to not be able to build that design. Building that design and then standing in it and showing it off to the world like a living monument. Standing firm and making it through whatever come what may because you know who you are and it can’t be taken away from you.

What are your dreams for yourself and the Black Trans community?

My dream for myself is to be beautiful and loved and waking up everyday to enjoy another day and doing exactly what serves me. I want to not make a living but to live in my truth and passion that allows me to live the life I deserve. I want to be free of having to dwell on the adversities I face for the very thing that makes me beautiful. My dream for the black trans community is more love and life. I want us to be able to have more resources expanded to us to get where we belong & deserve to be

Why should there be an increase in Black Trans representation within your chosen field?

Black trans people are discriminated against in hair services and don’t always feel safe trying to get their hair done if it’s not from someone in the community. This causes a lot of us, especially trans women to not get the TLC our scalps deserve as well and a lot of times are stuck doing your own hair. Black trans women people deserve the black salon experience and I would be honored to be apart of providing that.