Meet the top 7 transgender models (Part 2)
Brazilian by origin and raised in Italy Lea T became the first transgender supermodel which was discovered by Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci in 2010. She is since appeared in numerous magazines such as Vogue Paris, Interview, Cover, Hercules, Love Magazine. In 2013, she also took part in the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars on Rai Uno. Eventually in 2014 Lea was named the face of American hair-care brand Redken again breaking ground as the first openly transgender model to represent a global cosmetics brand. In February 2015, she was chosen by Forbes as one of the 12 women who made the biggest impact on Italian fashion, among the names like Miuccia Prada, Anna Dello Russo and Franca Sozzani.
Despite of success in the modeling career Lea T had never been planning or wanting for herself to become a famous model. Anyway she feels grateful and lucky being chosen as a muse for luxury brand Givency.
Sharing her thoughts about beauty Lea says that mostly she has been inspired by her mother: “My mum has beautiful hair, and when I was young, I used to be so envious of it.” She believes that beauty can be found in spirit, it’s different for everyone and it doesn’t have to be perfect. Most beautiful Lea feels looking in the mirror and seeing a strong woman.
American actress and writer Hari Nef became the first openly transgender model signed to IMG Models. She also debuted in the second season of AmazonPrime’s Transparent in December 2015.
Being focused on the acting career she has always gravitated toward fashion. But before sensational appearing on the Gucci runway and walking show during New York Fashion Week in 2015 she was refused by every major New York agency. While studying in college Nef interned for casting director Jennifer Venditti and creative director Fabien Baron which gave her pretty much knowledge about modeling. Anyway she never felt satisfied being behind the scenes so she decided to shelve fashion and concentrate on acting. Afterwards Nef started transitioning, the hormones changed her appearance which made her happier and more confident with herself. Some of her best friends, photographers, started asking her to shoot and walk in fashion shows.
Eventually Hari was shooting every week, sometimes two or three times in a weekend, but she wanted to call it work and being payed. And after a long search for agency representation she finally met with IMG.
“Beauty sucks”, – says Hari straight from the shoulder reflecting on the moments when she feels most beautiful. Nef tells that she had about a year and a half to figure out how to feel comfortable in a beauty as woman and she is still learning it. She says it feels like a struggle because nobody tells trans women they are beautiful.
As an activist for the transgender community Hari Nef hopes to improve the lives of trans women, and especially trans women of color. It comes to providing the food and shelter, legal protection from professional discrimination and ultimately the right to use toilets in peace.
After all Nef feels happy being able to work as an actress and model, and that’s not the fame and popularity, but for being accepted and demanded.