Hari Nef: “In an ideal world I wouldn’t have to change my body”
Just a couple weeks ago model, actress and trans activist, Hari Nef appeared on the cover of ELLE’s September 2016 issue where she gave the most honest interview. This time she talked about childhood, dating experience with men and why she wants to be interesting for people besides her gender. This year has become particularly successful for her: Hari walked the catwalk for Gucci at Milan Fashion Week, she got a role in TV series Transparent, became the new face of cult label Mansur Gavriel, and she also signed a contract with one of the biggest agencies in fashion industry, IMG Models (becoming a first transgender model that made it). It is worth noting that this agency represents such models as Gisele Bundchen, Stephanie Seymour, Kate Moss and Mila Jovovich. Hari also completed her education in Columbia University where she was studying drama, and she’s trying her hand at acting in New York.
Talking of her body, the model guesses that if it was moved into the background “for just a second”, in that case people would probably notice and listen to what she has to say. She says that in an ideal world people would respect her for who she is without changing her body: “I wouldn’t have to be pretty, or ‘feminine’.”
“Bisexual men don’t judge”
When the conversation turned to the dating men topic, Hari admits that at first she found herself attractive only to gay men. Now straight men show more and more interest to her and she experiences it regularly for first time in her life. However Hari prefers dating queer men for their open minds. She is sure that only bisexual men, in other words, are able to understand and accept her without judging such as she is even if she “doesn’t conform to a certain ideal.”
Speaking about Caitlyn Jenner, Hari Nef addresses a question to her. She is wondering what kind of women does fit to Caitlyn’s community of women, alluding to the fact that the rights of immigrant women, of women from low income houses or those who can’t get access to essential reproductive healthcare would be infringed under a Republican administration.
Recalling a moment of her catwalk for Gucci, Nef says that a giant red cape that Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s Creative Director, put on her, made her feel really safe and comfortable: “I felt protected, cocooned and powerful.” Speaking backstage afterwards the model said that she was happy to be a part of such a big show and it’s been amazing. She also added that Alessandro Michele is a great person that sees people, characters and “he doesn’t really see a lot of the labels.”