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A new Gillette commercial was released on social media Thursday showing a father teaching his transgender son how to shave with a Gillette razor.

The advertisement features transgender Toronto artist Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, as he learns how to shave from his father, following the boy’s transition from female to male.

“Growing up, I was always trying to figure out what man I wanted to become and I’m still trying to find out what kind of man I want to become,” Brown says as the ad begins.

It shows Brown in front of a sink attempting to shave for the first time as his father coaches him.



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“Now, don’t be scared, don’t be scared. Shaving is about being confident,” Brown’s father advises.

“I’m at the point in my manhood where I’m actually happy. It’s not just myself transitioning, its everybody around me transitioning,” Brown explains as the ad comes to a close.

Gillette shared the ad on Facebook with the title “First Shave, the story of Samson | #MyBestSelf.”

Brown posted a message on Facebook regarding the ad, explaining that it was important to include his father because of the support he has provided throughout his transition.

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“I shot this ad for Gillette and wanted to include my father, who has been one of my greatest supporters throughout my transition, encouraging me to be confident and live authentically as my best self,” the post read.

Brown said in the post that he hopes the new advertisement resonates with his “trans siblings.”

“I am confident that this ad will encourage many of my trans siblings and fill them with the knowledge that our existence in this world can be filled with the love and support we deserve.”

Gillette previously centered marketing campaigns around its slogan “The Best a Man Can Get.”

The company’s goal was to tackle concepts such as “toxic masculinity” and bullying with its famous “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be” advertisement, which caused a public uproar in January.

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