While the fashion industry still has long strides to make in terms of inclusivity and equality, recent years have seen the kind of progress that trans people once only dreamed of. The decade since has seen a number of milestones for trans people in fashion: Major agencies like Next, IMG, and HEROES have grown their trans rosters by degrees, and in recent years, a number of major industry players, from Vogue to Marc Jacobs , have made history by including trans people in major public-facing covers and campaigns. A fierce advocate in the trans community with beginnings in the Chicago ballroom scene, Leyna Bloom moved to New York in her late teens to dive into the world of modeling. Recently, she led a viral social media campaign to become the first trans woman of color to walk for Victoria's Secret. Her next step? Garnering magazine covers such as Attitude and Gay Times, and television spots including Strut and Pose , Laith Ashley is one to watch.
Mimi Tao is more than just the first ever transgender woman to be cast as a model on Project Runway. In the first challenge, Tao gets paired with South Asian designer Kovid Kapoor, who is crafting a dress made for a goddess. What was it like to get the call to do Project Runway? What was the process like to be cast on the show?
Tiffany-Rose Davies said she was overwhelmed with the support she has received from the year-old property developer she met through Facebook. The smitten year-old from Birmingham revealed her lover, who she would only reveal as Yaser, has been visiting her for the past two years but now wants to tie the knot and bring her back with him to Dubai. He is my ideal man — tall, dark, handsome and extremely charming. She says that she will have the full sex change before they marry — and they have tentatively talked about dates next year.
She has since become the first openly-trans model to be profiled for Vogue and one of the first trans models to secure a major cosmetics campaign when she modelled for Make Up Forever in This alienating feeling has thankfully become less and less common as casting rooms in Sydney have filled up with more diverse faces over the past two years. In ! Models , despite their reputation for being rather vapid and ridiculous, serve an important cultural purpose; for a person to conceptualise their own beauty, they need a point of reference in the world, and fashion can provide that framework. It is worth noting in an industry so blatantly motivated by commercial interests that the beginning of the revolution may already be here.