I must say, dear readers, I’m glad to see some news about Lea T, as she had dropped off the proverbial radar somewhat. While supermodels are normally reserved a special place of jealous head-tossing in my mind, I have to give a lot of love for a trans sister who’s made it in an industry where every millimeter of her appearance and every step of her poise is under the most intense scrutiny.
I hope that Lea T’s rising tide helps lift all of our boats just a little, in terms of awareness and acceptance if nothing else.
Andreja Pejic (born Andrej) has been famous for several years as a “gender bending” fashion model, who has worked in both men’s and women’s clothing lines. Recently she had been increasingly appearing as a woman, and just two days ago came out publicly about her transsexuality.
According to Pejic, she “dreamt of being a girl” and one of her first memories is “spinning around in my mum’s skirt trying to look like a ballerina.” She started taking puberty blockers to maintain an androgynous appearance, and at 17 burst onto the fashion scene with her tall, thin, blonde persona. At first she was satisfied remaining somewhat gender fluid, but a year and a half ago she reconsidered and recently completed GRS to become fully female.
TransAmerica is the name of the series, and it is expected to comprise 8 episodes focusing on a group of Chicago transgender women. According to the network:
“It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more,” VH1 executive Susan Levison told the Reporter. Banks promised the show “will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women.”
It’s due to run in late 2014 or early 2015, so keep an eye peeled for it when it arrives. More information can be found at the link below.
Barneys of New York has been in the news a little lately after they decided to feature transgender models in their latest catalog, photographed by Bruce Weber and posing in the typical high-end designer clothing one expects from Barneys. A total of 17 transgender models were featured, including Katie Hill and Arin Andrews, the famous Oklahoma transwoman-transman couple. The catalog has been receiving generally positive reviews and positive press, which is really nice, although Barneys is a fairly exclusive offering which tends to only be read by wealthy somewhat liberal shoppers.
What’s really interesting, though, is the fact that Barney’s didn’t just use them for their photos, they also sponsored a video of the photo shoot and features of the transgender models, which can be seen below. It’s very artistic, meaning there is a lengthy introduction and musical score, but it’s not bad to watch. There is a lot of dancing, and twirling in fog, and at one point there’ an owl…I don’t know why…and an iguana…yeah, well, it is Barneys.
Doggone it, I do like American Apparel stuff, but it all seems too small for me. I’m a size 6 fercryingoutloud, and yet I can’t fit in most “XL” American Apparel clothing. Nonetheless, holy crap, what an awesome promotion!