Likely you won't recognize the young man from Hawaii who landed a coveted spot in the 2010 season of the fashion competition television series Project Runway. That's because Andy South has become a transgendered woman, Ari Southiphong. The name was chosen by her mother. Ari is my guest tonight on LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., June 11, 2013 7:30 pm) on PBS Hawaii. In the first of two episodes, Finding the Light, Ari talks about growing up in Waianae, Oahu, accidentally discovering fashion as a career choice and focusing on school projects and clothing design. All the while, questions about gender identity lingered on the backburner. A second episode, looking more directly at the transition to transgendered life, will air later.
Long Story Short episodes also are available online at www.PBSHawaii.org/ourproductions/longstory.php