If I asked you to define beauty, how would you do it? Is beauty in one’s physique, or does true beauty come from a deeper place? Does a person’s beauty lie in their gender, or their character, or their sexual orientation? It’s hard to answer these questions, because beauty is a highly subjective matter. What may seem attractive to some may not have an effect on others, and what may have been a standard of beauty a century ago may be non-existent in the current times.
That being said, would it change your mind if you took a look at these gorgeous models below and found out that they were all transgender women? The issue has long been debated, and we’re only now on the edge of a progressive breakthrough in our society. We’re only now beginning to understand that gender identification is far more complex than just being born with male or female genitalia. And the same is to be said about the role of beauty and gender in the fashion and entertainment industry. If a person is beautiful, does it make a difference if they’re transgender or not? If you think the answer is yes, scroll down and think again. And if you think their gender and sexual orientation has no impact on what is and what isn’t beautiful, then congratulations, you’re already ahead of the curve. Take a look at these models below, all of whom are proudly transgender women who have found success by being themselves in a world that has yet to fully understand or accept them for who they are. Kudos!
12 Nong Poy
11 Jenna Talackova
10 Lea T
9 Roberta Close
8 Andreja Pejic
7 Claudia Charriez
6 Chamila Asanka
5 Kim Petras
The beautiful Kim Petras is a German pop artiste who is famous for penning her own songs. The electronic dance pop sensation, who is currently signed to the independent record label Joyce Records, made waves in worldwide media circuits and on international news reports because of how young she was when her gender reassignment surgery was complete. Petras was only 16 when she announced on her blog that her reassignment was complete.
4 Caroline Cossey
3 Ines-Loan Rau
Speaking of Caroline Cossey and the effect her works have had on many transgender folk throughout the years, let’s take a look at one of the most prolific transgender models in the industry today, Ines-Loan Rau. The New York City-based French model of North African descent was in fact, inspired to come out by Carolina Cossey. In an interview with Models of the Minute, Rau recalled how Cossey’s book, I Am a Woman, a book Rau has read twice, made her understand how important it is to assume who you are with no fears. However, Rau’s advice to children struggling with their gender identities is far more unorthodox than one would expect.
2 Jamie Clayton
1 Eva Robin's
Before you ask, no that isn’t a typo… Eva’s name is actually spelled with an apostrophe in it. The unique nom de plume comes from a character in Italy’s Diabolik comics, Eva Kant, and writer Harold Robbins. Eva later noticed that the name Robbins was spelled as “Robin’s” and decided to adopt that particular spelling for her own name.
Born in Bologna, Italy in December 1958, Eva Robin’s is a famous Italian actress and activist for the LGBT community. Her case is fairly unique, because Eva doesn’t exactly define herself as transgender or transsexual, and instead terms her gender orientation as “androgynous”, meaning her transformation from male to female happened almost naturally. She claims that she was very comfortable growing up as a boy, and only noticed anomalies when she hit puberty. Eva began to develop breasts at that stage and her body didn’t masculinize like other males her age, thereby indicating a unique intersex condition. Eva soon identified more as a woman and changed her name accordingly.
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