A 9-year-old Illinois transgender Girl Scout who was told by a bigoted prospective cookie customer, "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress," is proving that success is the best form of revenge. Thanks to a social media push, her sales have gone from under 100 boxes to over 3,000, BuzzFeed reports.
Stormi (her last name has been withheld by her parents) was on a tear selling boxes of cookies for her Girl Scout troop. In just a few days, Stormi sold 60 boxes already to which she added another 15 by going door-to-door.
Her winning streak was put on hold when she knocked on a door three blocks from her home. After Stormi delivered her Girl Scout cookie pitch, the man at the door told her: "Nobody wants to buy cookies from a boy in a dress."
Stormi is a foster child and her foster mother of three years, Kim, let Stormi join the Girl Scouts in the fall amid a national story about a Colorado troop who received backlash for allowing a trans girl to join. Kim didn't believe it would be an issue for them in the southern Illinois town of Herrin where they live.
"Why am not good enough?" an emotional Stormi told her mother following the incident.
"We just started talking and she decided she wasn't going to let him win," her mother Kim told BuzzFeed.
Stormi, who up until the incident with the man at the door, was enjoying moderate success selling her cookies the old fashioned way, took her mission to the Internet. Using the Girl Scouts' online platform Digital Cookie, Stormi set up her online store. Meanwhile, Kim shared Stormi's story in an online forum for parents with transgender kids.
Stormi's story went viral and by Thursday she sold over 3,000 boxes of cookies from customers around the globe who were moved by her bravery.
"It's just been amazing," Kim told BuzzFeed. "I have not seen Stormi like this in a really long time. It makes me cry because this is something she'll never forget."
Stormi plans to earmark the proceeds from her cookie sales to help other foster children.
"I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are," Stormi said. "There are people all over the world that love you. Never give up because it does get better."