Naomi Campbell may be a flame-throwing, phone-chucking, lipstick-disapproving horror in heels, but give the diva credit where credit is due. At the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles over the weekend, the supe — in full fro, no less — voiced her support of transgender people in fashion, particularly transgender models.
"I encourage even more diversity in the fashion world, and that includes welcoming trans models to the runways," she said, name-checking Lea T and Carmen Carrera. "The truth is, LGBT culture and fashion go hand in hand. They flourish in light of making bold and brave statements."
It's been a good few weeks for the trans community. Earlier this month, Geena Rocero came out as a trans model in a moving TED talk.
You might still be stumbling out of hibernation on this, the 8th day of April, but Hedi Slimane is releasing his pre-fall campaign for Saint Laurent. And it stars only one girl, Grace Hartzel, who opened and closed the house's fall 2014 collection. According to tweets from Saint Laurent at the time, every look in the show was fitted to her measurements.
The Indianapolis native has been increasingly selective with her runway walks of late. For fall, only Saint Laurent and Chanel made the cut. In previous seasons, she clocked appearances at Dior, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton, plus a smattering of smaller labels. She can be found in the current issue of Love magazine.
Grace is also the face of Saint Laurent's Permanent collection for fall 2014 — a line of signature pieces like Le Smoking tuxedo, Chelsea boots, and leopard-print shirts — and can be seen in this new video from Saint Laurent music collaborator Curtis Harding...
The TED conference has taken an unexpected but welcome liking to fashion models. Following Prada girl Cameron Russell's talk to the tech-minded academic crowd a year ago comes Filipina-American model Geena Rocero. In a moving speech on Monday, she described what it felt to be born male but identify as female, get her start in beauty pageants at the age of 15, undergo gender-reassignment surgery in Thailand, and in 2001 move to the States, where she was given her first ID card with the gender box marked 'F.'
In the talk, which so happened to fall on Transgender Visibility Day (March 31), Rocero wasn't just telling her trans story. She used the platform to come out as transgender "to help others live without shame and terror." She said until taking the stage, she herself withheld her trans status from several close friends and her agent at Next Models.
Rocero also announced the launch of Gender Proud, a global awareness campaign fighting for trans rights. It's the latest rallying cry in what's already been a good year for trans models, who appeared exclusively in Barneys' spring catalog. The photographer, Bruce Weber, told Hint, "I was so lucky to be able to photograph these transgender men and women for Barneys. They have more courage than any football player, explorer or astronaut combined."
Discovered by the same Polish agency that bestowed Jac Jagaciak unto the world, Axel Borowski hails from another grand lineage, that of the slightly gawky yet striking beanpole that gave rise to 90s supes Kirsten Owen and Kristen McMenamy.
Making her way from small-town Poland to Berlin, then on to New York and finally Paris, Axel saw her career skyrocket when she was cast in Givenchy's spring 2014 collection. Clearly a favorite of Riccardo Tisci's, she was cast again in fall 2014, this time in the company of Céline and Balenciaga. With her steely, aristocratic gaze and convincing walk, not to mention her endearingly noble ears, the prepossessing Pole is made to be noticed.