From Oxygen comes a four-part series called Living Different, which explores the stories of nine women who live their lives authentically and on their own terms.
“These women will empower viewers as they live the truth of who and what they are, despite the questioning and obstacles from the world around them,” said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media.
Each hour-long episode follows the diverse narratives of two women on their individual journeys as they pursue their passions, whether it be love, spirituality or profession. From an all-girl Hasidic rock band that is taking their female empowerment message mainstream to a professional MMA fighter who wants to follow in her family’s tradition of excelling in athletics, these women are unapologetically marching to the beat of their own drum.
The first episode, #LoveWithoutLabels, premieres tonight at 9pm ET/PT and highlights the stories of Lizz and Rain. Lizz bravely came out to her conservative, Mexican Catholic family. However, when her longtime girlfriend, Stacey, decides to transition into a male, she must now break the news that her girlfriend is transgender. Meanwhile, Rain is an androgynous model dating both men and women, but a nonexistent bond with her mother and the lack of true acceptance by her father prevent her from fully becoming the person she knows herself to be.
Premieres Tuesday, January 13 at 9pm ET/PT
Kristi, a professional MMA fighter and self-proclaimed “‘girly tomboy,” wants to follow in her family’s tradition of excelling in athletics. She attempts to win her second pro fight despite a broken hand and a concerned mother who worries about the brutality and damage of the sport. Meanwhile, Alexis, a professional women’s tackle football player and makeup artist by day, struggles to make her close knit family understand that the only ring she wants right now is a championship ring.
Premieres Tuesday, January 20 at 9pm ET/PT
Hannah, a Muslim convert and Los Angeles transplant, is determined to be a successful real estate agent despite her devout ways. She wants to prove to her boss that her religion, including praying five times a day and wearing a traditional black abaya, will not get in the way of the agency’s sales. Dalia and Perl, founding members of the all-girl Hasidic rock band, Bulletproof Stockings, want to take their female empowerment message mainstream. However, booking a large music venue in Manhattan proves to be difficult when their conservative religious life will only allow them to play for all female audiences.
Premieres Tuesday, January 27 at 9pm ET/PT
Melissa left a lucrative job as a top makeup artist for a leading makeup manufacturer to pursue her real calling as a Psychic Medium. Unfortunately, her parents and several friends are skeptical and worried about how she will be perceived when everyone finds out. Kiki’s heart was shattered when her boyfriend deemed her crazy and left her when her gift as a psychic was revealed to him. She must now overcome the emotional scars that are left to fully embrace who she is and be open to exposing herself once again.