The modeling industry looks a lot different today than it did 60 years ago, when transgender model April Ashley was stepping onto the scene. From the s until recently, trans models walked the runways with varying degrees of success, many being forced to conceal their identities to book gigs. Oftentimes, a trans model only made headlines if they were outed. Today, the runways are more diverse and represent identities across the gender spectrum, thanks to the efforts of trailblazing predecessors. Here, CR takes a look at some of the most influential trans models throughout history.
7 transgender models bringing change in and out of the fashion industry
Although Caitlyn Jenner may be the most famous transgender woman in the world, there are many other trans people who are working to break down barriers. Pejic, who formerly went by the name Andrej, made headlines in the fashion industry for modelling both men's and womenswear. In , she underwent gender reassignment surgery. The gorgeous Lea T made history last year when she was named the new spokesmodel for Redken haircare. The stunning star became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy in an acting category in
Influential Transgender Models in Fashion
Being outed as transgender was once enough to end a career in modelling, but some brands and magazines are now actively seeking to work with people who are openly and proudly trans. How did being transgender become viewed as not only acceptable but aspirational? The trans rights campaigner and writer was speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women conference, where she was announced as a brand ambassador for hair care brand Pantene. Lees, who grew up in the Nottinghamshire town of Hucknall, is the first transgender woman to be appointed by Pantene. April Ashley is thought to have been the first successful transgender model.
Subscriber Account active since. Hunter Schafer's career began when she was 18 and was signed to Elite Model Management. Eventually, she broke into the mainstream when she was cast in HBO's hit series "Euphoria" opposite Zendaya. I've received quite a few messages from trans people who are excited about the representation on the show.