How Did Fashion Fare in Diversity This Year?
Fashion Moves Beyond Gender
Though transgender models have been making their mark on fashion for some time, 2015 proved to be something of a watershed moment for modeling’s trans community. Just as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox served to dominate the conversation regarding trans issues in pop culture, fashion’s trans models served as representatives of a powerful movement. Andreja Pejic became the first trans model to appear in the pages of Vogue—and the first to garner a major cosmetics contract. Pejic’s work with Make Up For Ever makes her the first trans face of a cosmetics line, following in the footsteps of Lea T for Redken and pioneer Tracey Norman’s work for Clairol in the 1970s. Hari Nef broke boundaries as the first trans woman signed to IMG, and went on to land a recurring role on Amazon’s critical hit Transparent. The opening of New York’s first transgender modeling agency earlier this year, Trans Models, serves only to strengthen the momentum.