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Influential Transgender Models in Fashion
The First Black Trans Model Was on a Clairol Box -- The Cut
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. English model April Ashley is credited as the first successful transgender model. She was born in Liverpool, England in and underwent sex reassignment surgery at age 25, making her one of the first Brits to have the procedure.
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‘When you arrive in Los Angeles, you start at the beginning’
To be black and from Newark in the mids and get plucked from a model casting call for Italian Vogue by Irving Penn — it was the kind of success story that was unheard of, especially for someone like her. She was signed by a top agency, photographed multiple times for the pages of Essence magazine. She went to Paris and became a house model in the Balenciaga showroom, wearing couture and walking the runway twice a day. Norman was never as big as Iman , Beverly Johnson , Pat Cleveland , or the other models of color breaking barriers on international runways or on the cover of Vogue. But she was riding that wave.
By Carly Stern For Dailymail. With Andreja Pejic, Carmen Carrera, and Lea T all appearing in high-fashion runway shows, and booking influential editorial gigs, transgender models are now widely-accepted in the mainstream fashion industry. But that certainly wasn't the case when Tracey 'Africa' Norman, the first black transgender model, came onto the scene in the s. Now 63, the New Jersey native recently reflected on her successful career - which included magazine spreads, an exclusive contract for Avon skin care, and a contract for Clairol hair dye - in an interview with New York Magazine , sharing the fear, struggles, and eventual disappointment when she was finally found out.