The world of fashion is seeing new waves of inclusion like never before, and it is due in part to the brave work of transgender models. Over the last decade, there’s been a huge increase in the visibility and advocacy of trans women and men in the fashion industry. And as more trans people are confidently owning their beauty and right to be, modeling agencies and top brands are changing the fashion industry forever by including them in recent groundbreaking campaigns. For a review of some of the most inspiring men and women on earth, check out these 9 beautiful transgender models you should know about.
Indya Moore is a transgender, non-binary actor and model, preferring the use of they/them pronouns. They are known for their most notable role of Angel in the FX TV series Pose. She were recently listed in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world this year.
Valentina Sampaio is a Brazilian trans model that made history as the first trans person to ever dawn the cover of Vogue magazine. She’s also done campaigns for Elle Brazil, L’Oreal, and more.
A Bosnian-Australian model, Andreja had already achieved success as a male model before making her transition around 2014. He was known as the first androgynous model, and is one of the most well-known transgender supermodel on earth.
Laith is a trans model that is also a musician, and has graced several magazines such as Attitude and Gay Times. He has also made television appearances on shows like Strut and Pose.
Ines Rau is a French supermodel who has made history as the first openly transgender Playmate, as Playboy’s Playmate of the Month for November of 2017. Rau began her transition to female at age 16.
Theadora, also known as “Teddy,” had started gaining momentum as a supermodel since her discovery in 2015 by Louis Vuitton’s creative director. It wasn’t until 2017 that Theodora announced that she was a trans woman, to which many in the fashion industry met with praise.
Formerly known as Dani Rose in the fashion world, the 17-year-old transgender male model got his start on the runway as a woman. He made his transition and immediately reentered the modeling scene, working with big names like Calvin Klein, Craig McDean and W Magazine.
Hunter Schafer is a transgender model who has made notable strides as an LGBT rights activist as well. She is also an actress, starring in HBO TV series Euphoria. Schafer has amassed an impressive line up of work with various brands like Dior, Vera Wang, Versace and Tommy Hilfiger.
Starring in major television series such as jane the Virgin and The Bold and the Beautiful, Puerto Rican-Peruvian supermodel Carmen Carrera announced publicly in 2009 that she identified as transgender on an episode of reality TV series “What Would You Do?” She announced then that she had begun her transition to female.