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For five and a half years, Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta has granted brides-to-be from across the country the ultimate wish: the wedding dress of their fairy tale dreams.
And this season is no different—except that it’s making history by showcasing its first ever transgender bride, 30 year-old Precious Davis.
The activist and Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago beamed from ear-to-ear as she talked about her upcoming summer nuptials and love for her activist fiancé, Myles Brady, who is also transgender.
“Being two trans people, to be able to showcase our love in such a visible way was really special. It was also such a wonderful experience,” Davis exclusively told Hello Beautiful.
She stressed, “We also wanted to let other members of our community know that love is possible, they can start a family like Myles and I plan to and that their dreams really can come true.”
These affirming messages are so crucial given that in too many instances, to be trans in America means to face alarmingly high levels of systematic discrimination, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and even homicide.
And while reality TV can take on an exploitive nature, especially when depicting trans people of color, Davis said SYTTD was quite the opposite— it was a breath of fresh air.
“There were other shows that wanted to document our wedding planning, but they wanted to embellish and create drama, but when SYTTD reached out to us, it was so different. They wanted us to be ourselves. And I think a huge part of that is because Bridals By Lori runs their business as a once in a lifetime experience that they want to make magical for everyone,” she said.
Yet, to ensure her expectations around cultural competency were met, Davis admits to being open and honest with the producers, cast, and crew.
“Through the screening process, I kept it real and they were incredibly receptive. Being upfront and feeling out a project is important, because I’m a true believer in that people can only treat you the way you let them.”
And her thoughts on the final cut?
“So happy with it. I was in tears from the beginning to the end. I wanted to see more!” she said.
Davis was also overwhelmed with the public response she has gotten for being on the show, saying, “It’s been really amazing, it’s really such a light energy and I’m reveling in it.”
And that’s exactly what she wants people to walk away with.
“Myles and my love is about resilience, overcoming the hardships we’ve encountered in our lives and being authentic and grounded in who we are. That’s what strengthens our love for one another and that’s something that you don’t have to be trans to relate to, that’s just part of the human experience,” Davis eloquently points out.
Watch a sneak peek below. The full episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on TLC.
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.
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2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.
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3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.
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4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.
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5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.
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6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.
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7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.
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8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.
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9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.
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10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
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11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.
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12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.
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13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
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14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.
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15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.
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16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.
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17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.
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18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.
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19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.
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20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
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21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.
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