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23 Famous Transgender Models That Are Beyond Beautiful

Updated June 14, 2019 242.5k views23 items

List RulesA comprehensive list of famous and notable fashion models around the world and throughout history.

Their beauty is more than skin deep. These transgender models are inspirations for fashion designers and fans alike. And their talents aren't limited to the runway. Some notable trans models also act in films, while other popular transgender models moonlight as musicians. Some of the most notable transgender models connect with their fans via YouTube vlogs.

Who will you find on this list of famous MTF transgender models? Carmen Carrera appears at the top. Born Christopher Roman, the actress and model has appeared in such television series as The Bold and the Beautiful and Jane the Virgin. She publicly revealed that she identified as a woman on a 2009 episode of What Would You Do? and has begun making the transition from male to female. Amanda Lepore is another famous transgender model featured on this list.

Isis King gained the national spotlight when she appeared on America's Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender model to appear on the series. "I always say I’m the Kate Moss of the trans models because I’m shorter than everyone else, and I’ve been around now for a long time," she said. Other famous women who appear on this list include Candy Darling, April Ashley, and Harisu.

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  • Candy Darling
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    Actress and model Candy Darling – who has appeared in such films as Silent Night, Bloody Night and Women in Revolt – was born James Lawrence Slattery. She appeared in several Andy Warhol films and was mentioned in Lou Reed's hit, "Walk on the Wild Side."

    • Age: Dec. at 30 (1944-1974)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, Forest Hills, New York
  • Octavia St. Laurent

    "I am very open about my genderism. I'm always willing to educate everybody who feels different, and help them understand that you gotta love yourself, honey," said trans icon Octavia St. Laurent. "Iʼm a very powerful man, and Iʼve always used the beauty of a woman and put them together. Itʼs got me quite successful through the years. And itʼs also kept me alive. Basically I love who and what I am, and I wouldnʼt be anything else."

    St. Laurent rose to fame in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning.

    • Age: Dec. at 45 (1964-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Hari Nef

    Hari Nef
    Photo: Disney | ABC Television Group / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0

    Model and actress Hari Nef might be best known for her recurring role in Transparent, but she has also appeared in several short films including Crush and Family Tree.

    • Caroline Cossey
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      The British actress and model was born Barry Kenneth Cossey, and began the transition from male to female when she was 17. Cossey – also known by the name Tula – has appeared in such projects as the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.

      • Age: 66
      • Birthplace: Brooke, United Kingdom