23 Famous Transgender Models That Are Beyond Beautiful
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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Born Christopher Roman, actress and model Carmen Carrera has acted in television series including The Bold and the Beautiful and Jane the Virgin. She publicly revealed that she identified as a woman on a 2009 episode of the reality show What Would You Do? and has begun making the transition from male to female.
- Age: 37
- Birthplace: Elmwood Park, New Jersey, USA
- Photo: Florian Seefried/Life Ball 2011 / Getty Images
Singer, performer, and model Amanda Lepore has said, "I've got the most expensive body on earth." She had a sex change operation at age 19.
- Age: 55
- Birthplace: USA, Cedar Grove, New Jersey
- Photo: andrejapejicofficial.tumblr.com / via Pinterest
Already successful as a male runway model, Andreja Pejić underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2014. Today, she advocates for trans rights and says she is finally comfortable in her own body. "I always dreamt of being a girl," she said. "One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom's skirt trying to look like a ballerina."
- Age: 31
- Birthplace: Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / CC-BY-SA
Isis King gained the national spotlight when she became the first transgender woman to appear on America's Next Top Model. "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. King also advocates for trans visibility and equality.
- Age: 37
- Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
- Photo: last.fm / via Pinterest
- Age: Dec. at 29 (1944-1974)
- Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States of America
- Photo: Metaweb (FB)
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