By Christina Wood
A young boy brushed off schoolmates’ jokes when he went into school dressed as a female cheerleader – because he thinks ‘girls are amazing’.
Alfie, 10, is described by his mum Donna-Marie Saunders as a ‘very boyish boy’ but he still picked the female character on a fancy dress day at school.
He even wore a full face of make-up including highlight and contour to give him the full effect on March 1st.
Alfie, who wants to be a rock star, dressed up as the character Althea, from horror novel The Cheerleader and most loved his outfit apart from one boy’s nasty remarks.
Donna-Marie, 35, from East Grinstead, West Sussex, said: “We have always encouraged him to respect women. I am very proud of him.
“There is no harm in it. They can be who they want to be. He isn’t hurting anyone by dressing as a girl. He is a very boyish boy so to want to dress as a girl and not care what anyone thinks is amazing.
“When he told me he wanted to go as a female character I asked him why and he said, ‘why not? Girls are amazing.’
“There was only one boy that called him gay. The other children thought he was brave and that it was funny and some said he made a very pretty girl.
“He said that it didn’t bother him that he was called gay because he knows he isn’t but if he was it wouldn’t matter as everybody is the same and it doesn’t matter who you love. Love is love.
“His teacher didn’t even recognise him and thought he had gone into the wrong class. Alfie did say he knows how hard it is to be a girl now as makeup is really hard to get off.”
Alfie, who does martial arts, has also been growing his hair for the past eight years as he wants to be a rock star like his idols, Bon Jovi and Led Zeppelin but often gets teased and called a girl.
Donna-Marie, a full-time mum, said: “He does get picked on a bit for his long hair but he loves his hair. Alfie is Alfie. He doesn’t let it bring him down.
“His hair has been long since he was old enough to say he didn’t want his hair cut.
“I don’t think he’ll change when he goes to secondary school. We thought he might cut his hair when he goes to school and want to be like the other boys but he didn’t.
“When people call him a girl he just says, ‘actually, I am a boy and I am a rock star.’”
Alfie borrowed his 16-year-old sister Jessica’s cheerleader costume and his mum applied his make-up which included, blue eyeshadow, eyeliner, blusher, mascara and highlight and contour.
Donna-Marie said: “He said, ‘if I’m going to do it, let’s do it properly.’ He wanted to wear high heels too but I wouldn’t let him because of the weather.
“He has had so many good comments from people. There have been a few laughs but most people just think he is brave enough to do it.
“My other children think he is amazing. His brother wasn’t sure at first but now he thinks it is amazing too.
“His dad [Jason Saunders, 48] thinks it is wicked. They both don’t care about what other people think.”