Zackery Torres, the first star of Abby’s Ultimate Dance competition to be assigned a male at birth, announced Sunday that they were transgender.
The 21-year-old former reality star shared in a TikTok video that they were transitioning and that she/she and she/her pronouns were interchangeable in the lavish clip.
“I realized I haven’t posted anything of myself on TikTok since December, and life update – I’m switching!” she squirted.
Big news: Zackery Torres, 21, revealed they were transgender and in the midst of menopause in a new TikTok video uploaded on Sunday
“That means I’m transgender, if you didn’t already know,” they added. “My pronouns are she/she, which means they or she are all right.”
They also mentioned being “Trans Non-Binary” on Twitter.
Zackery filmed the video outside wearing a powder blue cropped top underneath an unbuttoned white top with the collar up, along with a black skirt.
They had their short dark hair tied up in a bun and glowing lavender nails.
The former reality star also shared that she was excited to be posting on TikTok again in the coming days.
Both works: “My pronouns are she/she, which means they or she are all right,” she explained to viewers
Evolving style: Zackery filmed the video outside wearing a powder blue cropped top underneath an unbuttoned white top with the collar up, along with a black skirt
Reality star: Zackery is best known for their stint on the first season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which featured Dance Mom regular Abby Lee Miller as one of the judges. Shown here in Dance Moms in 2011
Zackery is best known for their stint on the first season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, which featured Dance Mom fixture Abby Lee Miller as one of the judges.
They went on to appear on a later season of Dance Moms, becoming one of the few assigned male dancers at birth and the first spin-off artist to join the series.
She competed with Cathy Stein and her Candy Apples team on the series, which ended in 2019.
While this latest video is the clearest expression of Zackery’s gender identity yet, over the past year they’ve been wearing more and more feminine clothes and using more makeup.
Earlier this month, Zackery celebrated earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.
She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance with honors and was already looking forward to continuing her studies at USC with a one-year master of arts degree in public relations and advertising.
“So excited to finish my bachelor’s degree at USC and even more excited to do another year to complete my MA!” they wrote
Fresh Graduate: Earlier this month, Zackery celebrated earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, where she also plans to pursue a master’s degree
Zackery previously came out as a non-binary for the USC student newspaper The Daily Trojan in the fall, although their latest update appears to be their first official statement about the transition.
They explained how being seen as boys affected them during their time on dance competition shows.
“I started to see all the expectations that teachers — well-known dance teachers and well-known choreographers — had of me as a male dancer growing up and then identifying as a boy,” she explained. “Oh, you’re too feminine, you have to dance like a man.” Just the fact that teachers tell you that on national television, all these things, it really touched me.
“Everyone is always talking about how inclusive the arts communities are. But I just don’t really feel it,” she added. “I don’t see it on an everyday scale.”
They Find Themselves: Zackery has previously identified as non-binary and they’ve been wearing more feminine clothes and makeup in the past year
Zackery recently published the book An Evolving Conversation on Gender: Dance Edition, detailing steps the dance community could take to welcome non-cisgender dancers.
So far, she’s even had success taking dance classes at USC to change from a list for men and women to be governed by the dance steps they learn.
“Somehow my goal is to keep growing, keep pushing, so all the little young dancers out there can look up and see a non-binary dancer who’s gone through the convention circuit, who’s gone to college, trying to do something better for the community,” they explained in a March YouTube interview with ballet teacher Francisco Gella for their Continuum Community organization.
“When I think about gender inclusiveness and I think about how we can best move forward as a society and how we evolve and grow, I think about compromise… It’s not about compromising our identity; it’s about those who feel strong enough and comfortable enough to meet in the middle for a minute and then bring everyone on the side of inclusivity.”
Helping others: She recently published the book An Evolving Conversation on Gender: Dance Edition, detailing steps the dance community could take to make trans and non-binary dancers more welcome.