It turns out that underwear — and the need for better-fitting, more stylish, and more mass-appealing options — may be the most gender-inclusive piece of apparel there is.
Earlier this week, transgender model Munroe Bergdorf became the first trans woman to front a L'Oréal U.K. campaign. Her dream has quickly come to an end as L'Oréal just announced it is ending its partnership with the activist/model because of her Facebook rant about racism.
A 16-year-old transgender student in Florida is suing his school for discrimination. In June, Florida teenager Drew Adams filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against his high school, claiming he was denied entry to the boys’ bathroom because he is transgender. On Thursday, his case, filed on his behalf by Lambda Legal, was dealt both a setback and some hope in one fell swoop at a two-hour-plus hearing, according to the Florida Times-Union: First, a judge denied a preliminary injunction against the school which would have granted Adams access to the boys’ room prior to a trial.
The transgender former soldier has made a rapid ascent since leaving prison in May. Now she’s the subject of a profile in the September issue of “Vogue.”
When transgender activist Rae Nelson, 26, found herself in the women's bathroom at the Arkansas Capitol Building with State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith recently, it was kismet.
L’Oréal’s new campaign for its Voluminous Mascara line features accomplished, iconic, diverse, gorgeous women.
A 20-year-old transgender woman imspires people around the world with her frank videos about transitioning, self-love, and beauty on YouTube and social media.
IMAGES: COURTESY OF GREG MCGOON. In the expanding conversation around transgender issues, kids are sometimes left out — a fact that children’s author Greg McGoon seeks to help change with his groundbreaking new book, The Royal Heart. It’s the first in a series of fairy tales that will celebrate LGBT characters, as well as the first classically styled fairy tale about a trans kid. Related: 30 Photos Of Unretouched Butts, In Case You Forgot What They Really Look Like “I don’t want this book to be known as the ‘Transgender Fairy Tale,’” McGoon tells us.
Photo: Stop trying to make Victoria’s Secret a role model for women everywhere — it’s never going to happen. A Change.org petition is calling on the lingerie company to make Carmen Carrera, a transgender reality star and model, a VS Angel. It has received nearly 50,000 signatures, with the page pleading with the brand to enlist her because having “a transgender model walk would show that trans women are to be taken seriously and that Angels are selected because of their character and talent.” “I want to do this for the 50,000 people who signed the petition on Change.org. Photo: If Victoria’s Secret listens, great.
In 2010, her good friend designer Riccardo Tisci cast her in his 2010 Givenchy ad campaign (the T in her professional name stands for Tisci). Lea T has been taking a break from modeling, but the Cut caught up with her in Paris for a chat about Caitlyn Jenner, what it takes for attitudes to evolve, and whether she considers herself an icon.
“I’m inspired by women who redefine the idea of who she can be and say no when they’re faced with bulls***.” The Lenny Letter co-founder cites her mother, artist Laurie Simmons, and sister, Grace Dunham, a radical queer woman, as individuals who have inspired her to take chances. Lena Dunham on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s November issue.
“Obviously I’m a glamour girl. I love a full face of makeup,” Laverne Cox tellsYahoo Style’s Joe Zee in this episode of Style Sessions. “But there was a point, early in my transition, where I did not leave the house without makeup. It was my armor in the beginning.”
“While I felt like I looked great and that the gown looked fabulous, I still have a voice issue,” Caitlyn Jenner has said of her on-stage acceptance of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs. Caitlyn Jenner says she’s thrilled to finally embrace the gender that she’s always identified with. Jenner mentioned the insecurity earlier this month after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.
Photo: With awareness surround trans issues at an all-time high — thanks, in huge part, to public figures like Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and Andreja Pejic — there are more openly trans models hitting it big in the fashion world than ever. It will be the first of its kind. Apple Model Management L.A. will be headed by agency director Cecilio Asuncion, who’s well versed in the issues faced by trans people, both past and present: In 2013, he created an award-winning documentary on the subject called What’s the T?, which delved into the lives of trans women. “We see trans individuals as beautiful,” Asuncion told The Advocate.
Caitlyn Jenner is so hot right now. She was pictured on the cover of Vanity Fair, is starring in the upcoming docuseries, I Am Cait, and is a fashion icon on the rise. Huffington Post has tapped the 65-year-old to be a contributor in their network. Caitlyn here,” writing with the same dryness and self-deprecating sense of humor Jenner has come to display over the past whirlwind few weeks. “Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community, so I have a lot of catching up to do.
The news of Olympian Caitlyn Jenner's transformation has been everywhere lately—but before she had the courage to come forward with her story, we had Laverne Cox—the actress who plays Sophia Burset on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, and who paved the way for acceptance in our culture. Thursday, Entertainment Weekly unveiled its "The Not-So-Straight" issue, with Cox looking radiant on the cover, dressed up as the ultimate symbol of freedom, Lady Liberty.
Photo: Ben Rayner/ @oystermagazine Model Hari Nef, who also writes, acts, and just graduated from Columbia University with a theater degree, has just been signed to agency IMG—a massive accomplishment for any model, and an even bigger one for Nef, because she’s transgender. IMG’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director Ivan Bart announced the news on Tuesday via Twitter, along with the caption, “Today begins our journey with @harinef. This girl’s future is so bright, guys r knocked out behind her! [sic]” Nef joins an extremely impressive roster of models at the agency, including Anja Rubik, Alek Wek, Candice Swanepoel, and Karlie Kloss.
Bruce Jenner’s tell-all was a big deal. The former athlete shared news that he’s transitioning, telling Diane Sawyer, “I’m a woman.” But more important than what Jenner had to say is how Kim Kardashian feels about the situation.
Bruce Jenner joins a number of transgender celebs who have been outspoken about their experiences. From left to right: Chaz Bono, Ian Harvie, Laverne Cox, Andreja Pejic, Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Tambor (who portrays a transgender woman on the Amazon show “Transparent”), Alexis Arquette, and Jazz Jennings. (Photo: Getty Images; Everett Collection; graphic by Jared Harrell for Yahoo Health) Gender confirmation, the preferred term among the transgender community for what is also known as “gender reassignment” or a “sex change,” is the process of transitioning from one gender to another. Gender confirmation is typically a preferred treatment when someone has gender dysphoria, a condition where there is a conflict between a person’s physical gender and the gender with which he or she identifies.
Every year, Allure asks female celebrities to take it all off. Kristen Bell, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Kaley Cuoco, and 20 others have posed in the buck for the beauty magazine, but now, the 2015 cast is breaking from the mold with its inclusion of Laverne Cox, the first transgender woman to go naked for the mag.
Men’s Health is looking for a guy who is “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example” to be one of their cover stars. The magazine, which usually features the hunky Hemsworths, Zac Efrons, and David Beckhams of the world all oiled-up and shirtless, is crowdsourcing a non-famous man for an upcoming issue.
Chelsea Manning, the soldier imprisoned for leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks, has spoken to the media for the first time since being sentenced to 35 years in prison, and you might be surprised to learn which media outlet she chose: Cosmopolitian magazine. Yes, you read that correctly. Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles has completed the magazine’s turnaround from the best place to read about alternative sex positions to a serious publication by securing one of the most highly-coveted tell-alls in recent history (just behind Bruce Jenner). Manning, who landed behind bars in 2013 as Bradley Manning, is now a 27-year-old transgender woman living in a men’s jail. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Manning requested a legal name change and was diagnosed with gender dysmporphia by military doctors, but when the condition went untreated, the ACLU sued the military on Manning’s behalf. Yet she still isn’t allowed to grow her hair long, which she says is “painful and awkward,” and while Manning’s had a slew of legal victories, such as being referred to as a woman, she still feels like military officials view her “like a joke.” She tells Cosmo, “I am torn up…I get through each day OK, but at night, when I’m alone in my room, I finally burn out and crash." The former US Army Private First Class has felt this way for most of her life: "I spent a lot of time denying the idea that I could be gay or trans to myself.