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Meet the top 10 transgender models

Last updated on: January 29, 2016 19:51 IST
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Jenna TalackovaIt's beautiful to be a transgender and these models are proof!

Earlier this week we told you the story of how Rudrani Chettri is all set to launch India's first transgender modelling agency.

While we laud the 37-year-old for her courageous move, let's take a look at these 10 transgender models who are making waves abroad.

1. Andreja Pejic

Andreja Pejic

Photograph: Courtesy Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Meet Andreja Pejic!

She is a mainstay on the ramp -– a supermodel, she has modelled both men's and women's wear.

Andreja reportedly told a magazine that as a kid she would look at her mother put make-up on and envy her. "I would be feeling that's what I want to do when I grow up," she'd added.

She made history in 2015 by becoming the first transgender model to feature in the American Vogue.

The supermodel gained fame as an androgynous model in the late 2000s and was also Jean Paul Gaultier's muse.

2. Carmen Carrera

Carmen Carrera

Photograph: Courtesy Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

It was after Carmen Carrera's appearance in RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012 that she shot to instant fame.

There was also a petition called for to make her Victoria's Secret's first transgender angel.

An actress and model, Carmen has been actively working for trans rights and HIV awareness. She has walked the ramp at several fashion weeks and was a part of the New York Fashion Week 2016.

She has appeared in several high-end magazine covers and has also walked the LA Fashion Week ramp.

3. Lea T

lEA t

Photograph: Courtesy Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images

This Brazilian model is the face of American hair-care brand Redken.

The first transgender model to front a global cosmetics brand, she has also modelled for Givenchy.

She was pictured in a passionate locked embrace with Kate Moss on the cover of Love Magazine.

4. Arisce Wanzer

Arisce Wanzer

Photograph: Courtesy Courtesy Arisce Wanzer/Facebook

She is the face of Kenneth Cole.

An advocate of transgender rights, she has walked for plenty of Miami Fashion Weeks.

5. Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero

Photograph: Courtesy Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Geena was a successful swimsuit model for 12 years before she came out as a transgender during a TED talk.

She underwent a sex reassignment surgery at the age of 19.

6. Ines Rau

Ines Rau

Photograph: Courtesy Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

This French-born model has posed for Playboy's Art Issue.

In 2013, Ines Rau's nude photo-shoot with model Tyson Beckford for a luxury magazine grabbed eyeballs.

7. Isis King

Isis King

Photograph: Courtesy Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Isis was the first transgender model to feature in America's Next Top Model.

She has walked the ramp for various fashion shows and in 2012 she became the first transgender to model for American Apparel.

8. Hari Nef

Hari Nef

Photograph: Courtesy Randy Shropshire/Getty Images

This 22-year-old model is the first trans woman to get signed by top modelling agency, IMG Worldwide.

With an edgy, androgynous fashion sense, she has walked the ramp for Gucci.

9. Valentijn De Hingh

Transgender model

Photographer: Courtesy Valentijn De Hingh/Instagram

Valentijn De Hingh has walked the runway for high-profile designers like Maison Martin Margiela and Comme de Garcons.

She also graced the covers of Love Magazine and Vogue Italia.

10. Jenna Talackova


Photograph: Courtesy Mark Blinch / Reuters

In 2012, Jenna Talackova was disqualified by the Miss Universe Organisation for not being a 'naturally-born women'.

She has modelled extensively in Canada and featured in the cover of Elle Canada. She has also modelled for a PETA campaign.


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