Ruby Rose believes fashion is becoming more "freeing".
The 'Orange Is The New Black' actress - who is currently channelling gender androgyny as the face of Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren's new campaign - has admitted that gender-fluid fashion is more important for insecure younger generations to gain confidence.
Speaking to Refinery29 about the impact of gender-neutral clothing, the 30-year-old star said: "The reason this is important isn't for people my age and older; it's really about the younger generation. They're less secure themselves and why they look or feel a certain way -- they look everywhere to find identity and normalcy somewhere.
"The more we make [gender fluidity] mainstream, and the more this conversation continues and happens everywhere -- that's how a younger generation can be whomever they want to be. It's freeing."
The Australian beauty grew up as a "tomboy" and received a large amount of criticism for it, although she has become more understanding of her style choices as barriers have broken down.
She said: "I've always been a tomboy, and been gender-fluid; I have days where I dress more femininely, and then there are days where I'll dress with a masculine vibe.
"It's what I've always done, but now I can understand why I'm doing it more. Before, people on the street would say, 'Oh, you're dressed like a dude!' -- I would get confused, and it would kind of get to me. We're now breaking down those barriers ... allowing a female spokesperson to dress the way I do - androgynously.
"Those boundaries in fashion are slowly being broken down; regardless of who you are, it's about dressing for what you want to express. I'm allowing myself to dress how I want to, based on my identity, not based on how people want or think I should dress. That has made me happy, true to myself, and confident."