The world of modelling continues to evolve as more and more people continue to join the world of high fashion and more brands continue to aggressively promote their wardrobe.
Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell. These are just some of the modelling world’s leading lights of yesteryears. Today, new models have sprung and have taken their catwalk skills into the limelight – men, women, and everything in between, including transgenders.
Here, you are about to find out the names of the most in-demand models who also happened to be transgenders:
10. Carmen Carrera
28 year old Carrera is a product of Ru Paul’s reality television show called RuPaul’s Drag Race, where she easily became the most famous and therefore, the most promising. Carrera has appeared in various high-end magazine covers and has repeatedly walked the ramp of the Los Angeles modelling scene.
9. Valentijn de Hingh
De Hingh knew that he wanted to be a girl at such a very young age. At 8 years old, he appeared in a commercial that tackled gender identity among children. Today, at 21 years of age, this Dutch model continues to be a sought after figure in the Dutch and European ramps.
8. Ines Rau
The courageous Rau had gender reassignment at the tender age of 16. Born in Paris – the world’s fashion capital – the French fashion agents were enamoured with her beauty and exotic looks.Of North African descent, Rau has appeared in various high-end magazines both in Paris as well as in New York City.
7. Lauren Foster
She is perhaps one of the very first transgender models to have graced the runway and fashion magazines. Born in South Africa, the now 57 year old model is acknowledged as the first ever transgender in the fashion world. Starting her modelling career in Cape Town, she has appeared in various magazines and tv shows – particularly The Real Housewives.
6. Amiyah Scott
Currently one of New York City’s most in-demand transgender models, Scott began to have sex change at the age of 17. She has had breast and butt augmentation and has by now shapely posed before many magazine shoots in the East Coast.
5. Jenna Talackova
Talackova started as a beauty pageant contestant, initially joining the Miss Universe Canada pageant and gain the right to represent her country at the prestigious Miss Universe pageant back in 2012. Her loss in the said contest opened doors for her to enter the fashion world, particularly in Canadian fashion magazines. As a reaction to Talackova, then Miss Universe owner Donald Trump agreed to accept transgender women at Miss Universe, if and when they win their national qualifying pageants.
4. Amelia Maltepe
Born in a conservative Muslim country, Maltepe left Bangladesh at a young age to live and work in Toronto, Canada. In the west, which is more tolerant and accepting of people like her, she started dreaming of finally transforming herself to become a woman. She is currently on hormone therapy, and breast augmentation. Although not yet fully transformed, she has had many appearances in Canadian television and print media.
3. Fiona Solis
Born and raised in the Philippines, Solis left the country to work in the United Kingdom and actually became successful. This allowed her to slowly transform herself – with the help of cosmetic surgery – towards becoming a woman. Her wide following on Youtube and her various appearances in television can only testify to the magnanimity of her following.
2. Thalita Zampirolli
This 24 year old Brazilian model from Sao Paolo became an international sensation when her family voiced their strong support of her desire to become a woman. As a matter of fact, her sex change was made possible by funding coming from her grandmother. Her journey and transformation has been much covered by the Brazilian and Latin American press.
1. Teri Toye
Toye formally studied modelling back in the early 80’s. Her almost nightly participation in the New York nightlife scene allowed her to be introduced to designer Stephen Sprouse, who made her his protege. To date, Toye has appeared in Vogue magazine, Cosmopolitan, and has modelled for Chanel and Gaultier. In recent years, she has chosen to keep a low profile and live a simple life in Iowa.