Activist for the rights of transgender people. Redefining Realness, her memoir about her life as a transgender woman, was published in 2014. She underwent gender reassignment surgery at age 18.
She studied fashion at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and later received a journalism degree from New York University.
She was featured in Advocate's "40 Under 40" list and their list of the 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media in 2014.
She chose her female first name, Janet, as a tribute to singer Janet Jackson.