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First Victoria’s Secret, and now Chanel…
Chanel has just made history by hiring its first-ever openly transgender model for its beauty campaigns. And the honor has gone to none other than Teddy Quinlivan!
The 25-year-old model wasted no time in discussing her ground-breaking new role on Instagram…
“I find I don’t cry anymore when things are sad, but isn’t it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph. This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me,” she wrote on Instagram.
“My whole life has been a fight. From being bullied at school consistently, kids threatening to kill me and going into graphic detail how they were going to do it, my own father beating me and calling me a f—t, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… This was a victory that made all of that s–t worth it.”
She also told her followers that she had previously walked two Chanel shows before opening up about her “trans identity”, and feared that once she had come forward, her workload might never be the same again.
However, Chanel has not only accepted her trans identity, but the French fashion house has embraced and celebrated it…
“When I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again,” she added in her emotional social media post.
“But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising. I am the first openly trans person to work for the house of Chanel, and I am deeply humbled and proud to represent my community.”
We couldn’t be happier to see Chanel take this very big and very important step.
Let’s hope that more big fashion brands follow suit!