Geena Rocero

Filipina model, advocate and TED speaker, Rocero is known also as the founder of Gender Proud, nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of transgender community. After successful modeling career for different companies including Rimmel London and Hanes, she came out as transgender while giving inspiring TED talk in March 2014. Since that moment her speech got more than 2.6 million views.

eena-roceroHaving been born in the Philippines to a working-class family, she started to participate in beauty pageants at age 15. A couple years later she immigrated to San Francisco, California, but feeling that she will get more opportunities as a model on the East Coast, in 2006 she moves to New York City. First job she got as a hostess in a restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and within a month of working there she was discovered by a fashion photographer.

Sharing her story on the TED talk gave to Rocero a boost in the advocacy work – she launched Gender Proud to expand legal rights of trans persons all over the world, she also producing media to promote the trans experience to remove stereotypes. Even after being invited to speak at the White House and the UN she firmly believes that her career is far away from a certain “I made it” moment. Rocero says that the trans community makes her feel the most confident and happy about the work she does also inspiring her for the new projects.

Carmen Carrera

American model, actress, burlesque performer who became famous through appearing in reality TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Carrera is also known by appearing in various television programs, AIDS awareness activity and she also was featured in the November 2011 issue of W participating in an issue-wide art project. The most recent her project where she plays a hairstylist is ‘Ricki and the Flash’ movie with Meryl Streep that came out last year. Carrera also modeled for Glamour UK, Elle and took part in the New York Fashion Week 2016.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Carmen Carrera attends the GLAAD Manhattan Summer 2013 Benefit at Gansevoort Park Avenue on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Carmen Carrera attends the GLAAD Manhattan Summer 2013 Benefit at Gansevoort Park Avenue on September 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Being not allowed to express her femininity and the desire to be a woman for a long time, Carrera claims that she gets inspiration from idea of feminism. She lends support to the transgender community hoping that all the women like her will live peacefully and become accepted by the society.

Despite her achievements in modeling career she plans running her own successful company and seeks to be accepted as a model at all levels. Carmen repeatedly expressed her desire to become first transgender Angel for Vistoria’s Secret. She even got 50,000 people signed a petition for her to participate in the lingerie show. Carrera plans to launch her own brand of clothes and beauty products, and still dreams about being the face of a fashion company or to sign a beauty contract.
Married with Adrian Torres since June 2015 she wants to be a good mother in the future and hopes one day to be viewed as a regular woman.