“I didn’t want to be talked to in that way, looked at in that way, whistled after, followed. And so I started hiding,” she said. “I chose the baggy jeans and timbs, I chose the ponytail and hat, I chose no makeup, no bright colour lipstick or pretty dresses. I chose to hide. Pieces at a time. Less trouble that way.”
Then, as her fame grew, she says the “the baggy/braided/tough NY tomboy thing” led people to assume she was gay.
So, in attempt to blend in again, she began wearing dresses and stopped braiding her whole head.