“As a transgender person of color, as an immigrant who grew up poor in a tiny little alley in the Philippines, and here I am in New York City doing the biggest fashion show… for a young trans person to see that, it changes that person’s life.. To finally see that it’s possible for a young trans person to pursue his or her dream to be the person whoever that you want to be.”
Even if that dream is to strut a catwalk during New York Fashion Week
We had a few trans models representing our community during the recently concluded New York Fashion Week, and I couldn’t be prouder of all of them that did so and worked hard during that September 12-17 period. And even better, I’m proud to call some of those amazing people my friends.
It was cool to see Isis King, Geena Rocero, Ines-Loan Rau, Arisce Wanzer and others strutting catwalks in the various shows during NYFW while others were in the audience cheering them on.
They are heirs to an incredible legacy of trans women from around the world who have been walking fashion runways since April Ashley did so in the early 60’s.
And with Apple Model Management opening up and specifically being focused on trans models, it is a major step forward in ensuring that trans models aren’t just the latest fashion trend or flavor of the season, but an accepted part of the fashion world.
That long stylish line of trans models continues into the 21st century, and some have become advocates and leaders in our community when they aren’t doing their day job.
By doing so, they are also doing their part to expand the horizons, serving as possibility models, and slaying stereotypes in addition to continuing the long and proud legacy of trans models.