by Julie Compton
Originally published: July 25, 2016
Five mornings a week, Jesse Lueck gets out of bed, does her hair and puts on a suit and tie. It's her typical routine before heading to work. Wearing masculine clothes makes her feel powerful.
"When I put these clothes on, I feel like I am super confident and just look great. I look in the mirror. I turn left, I turn right," Lueck told NBC OUT.
The 33-year-old is a senior project management specialist for a large financial company in New Jersey. She identifies as gender nonconforming and has worn a suit and tie nearly every day since she started her job more than 10 years ago. She's challenging gender norms in an industry where few people dare to.