You may say transgender is the new trend, but no matter what we think of it more and more people change their gender to look and feel more natural and true to themselves. We also have all those beautiful androgynous models that have conquered the fashion world not so long ago and are continuing to explore the duality of human nature. Today the difference between male and female is as blurred as ever and we can only speculate on what will happen next. Until then, here are 10 beautiful transgender celebrities that were born male (but sure don’t look that way now!).
This androgynous guy has become famous for modeling both female and male clothing – and looking great no matter what he wore! During the 2011 Paris fashion shows he walked for the men’s clothing line of Marc Jacobs and for the women’s shows for Jean-Paul Gaultier. He ranked #98 in the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World 2011’ list, while boasting a #18 in the ‘Top 50 Male Models’ list on models.com. Beauty has no boundaries!
Trace Lysette was really inspired by the coming out of Laverne Cox. As an actress, she’s been afraid that she’ll get busted as transgender on set and was always nervous performing all her roles. It’s unusual for transgender women to play non-trans roles, but she’s struggling to do her best in this uncharted territory.
Meet the tallest transgender model in the world! Erika Ervin, also known as Amazon Eve, has also appeared in the American Horror Story: Freak Show. She’s stayed quiet about her being a transgender for a long time because people still have a hard time accepting this. Except for Sweden and Swedish people! She met Bill Skarsgård once and he revealed this secret to her. People in Sweden are really accepting, so if she wanted to talk about transgender somewhere – that would be the best place.
This amazing urban model decided to start her transformation at the age of 17. Born Arthur Scott, she understood what she wanted to do early in life and immediately started her transition with cheek fillers and breast augmentation. She’s known to have been involved with rappers like Wiz Khalifa and Souja Boy.
Caroline “Tula” Cossey
Can you imagine a Bond girl that hasn’t always been a girl? That’s what Caroline Cossey is all about! Originally raised as a boy, Caroline decided to ditch her manhood at the age of 17 and started receiving hormones to begin the transition. She later underwent breast surgery, changed her sex completely, and became one of the most famous transgender models in the world. She was also the first ever transgender woman to be featured in Playboy. Oh, and did we mention the 1981 Bond movie For Your Eyes Only?
This girl has really opened up our eyes about transgender women. She’s one of the first women who came out as transgender on TV, being the contestant on Tyra Banks’ America’s Next Top Model. Isis understood she was transgender back in high school and underwent her gender reassignment therapy in 2009. After that she became the star of numerous talk shows and was featured in dozens of magazines. Right now she just wants to work as a model and do what she does best.
Laverne Cox has definitely had an incredible impact on the whole world as the new transgender superstar after starring in Orange is the New Black. Fans still can’t get enough of her! She’s the first openly transgender woman that’s been featured on the cover of Time magazine. She was also the first one to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award! Right now Laverne Cox is a transgender activist and an influential persona that leads the world on transgender issues.
Formerly known as the athlete Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn has stunned the whole world with her transformation. While transitioning, Caitlyn commented on all her treatments, hormones and changes that were happening to her body. She’s become a spectacular role model for the whole transgender community. Right now she’s running her own show I Am Cait.
The Wachowskis are among the most influential and conceptual directors of all time. After their works on The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas they have gained world recognition and immense success. Nevertheless, Lana Wachowski has kept her transition a secret for a long time. After changing her gender in 2009, she became one of the world’s most known transgender activists and even received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award back in 2012.
Jazz Jennings is probably the youngest transgender in the world. She was diagnosed with gender identity disorder when she was just a kid and gradually began her transition. Right now she’s running her own show I am Jazz which deals with all kinds of transgender issues including acceptance in her own school. Jazz is also the head of the Transkids Purple Rainbow Foundation that helps transgender kids.