Get ready, because America's first transgender pop group is in the making.
For about the past 10 years, 32-year-old Nicole Sanders, stage name Nikki Exotika, has been dreaming up an all-trans music act called The Secret Girls. Now, she's holding auditions for the group and speaking about her expectations.
"The Secret Girls would be a mixture between the Pussycat Dolls and the Spice Girls with a transgender twist," Sanders says in a Barcroft TV interview posted Oct. 9. "The world has seen transgender models, transgender actresses, transgender activists, transgender book writers, but no transgender music artists that went mainstream. I think America is past ready for The Secret Girls."
Sanders, who has been singing since the age of 10, originally used music and acting as an outlet for her frustration after being bullied and teased at school. After transitioning in her teens, however, Sanders continued to study music and has since become a professional recording artist.
"There is a lot of ignorance in the world, but [Sanders is] here to show everyone that it doesn't matter how you were born. We are who we are, embrace it, understand it, and deal with it, we are unique," reads the "About" section on the official Nikki Exotika Facebook page.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Sander's representative said the singer has found two band members for The Secret Girls after holding New York City auditions in August. She's still on the hunt for more members, however, and will be holding nationwide auditions to broaden her search.