In recent years, the fashion industry has made further progress towards the inclusive presentation of transgender models. Some new brands, such as New York City-based label Chromat, initially included trans models in runway shows and advertising campaigns, while other family names made these changes much later, most notably Victoria’s Secret hired its first transgender model, Valentina Sampio. August 2019 (later hiring her first black transgender model, Emira D’Span, in February 2022), and the same year, the channel hired 25-year-old Teddy Quinlivan as the new beauty face.
These symbolic steps mark a positive change, although we must move beyond these surface-level declarations and establish lasting and lasting change. The industry has a long way to go before it can achieve fair representation, both externally and internally. But none of the progress that has been made so far will be possible without these models talking and challenging the status quo. Even before “Euphoria” star Hunter Shaffer became a favorite in the fashion world or India Moore made waves in FX’s “Pose”, these models owned the catwalk and empowered their followers as workers in the LGBTQ + community. After all, these trans models are the real change-makers who have fought against exclusion from the industry for years. As the fashion industry gradually opens up to more diverse models that include all people, we expect to see more of these faces. Read more about the 22 transgender models that are making waves in the fashion industry while supporting LGBTQ + representation growth.
– Additional report by Sarah Wasilak and Shelcy Joseph