Caitlyn Jenner and 10 Other Transgender Celebrities Who are Redefining Beauty
by Nikki Gaskins
Caitlyn Jenner has quickly become a high-profile spokesperson for transgender issues, but she’s not the only transgender advocate pushing for change. Here, a brief roundup of some of the famous voices making themselves heard and shedding light on what it means to be transgender.
Bruce Jenner’s dramatic transformation into Caitlyn Jenner marks a high-profile step for the transgender movement all across the globe. The athlete’s courageous endeavor puts the once-taboo lifestyle on public display, resulting in growing support for the trans community.
According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, nearly 90 percent of Americans say they personally know someone who is lesbian, gay or bisexual. However, only 8 percent of Americans say they personally know someone who identifies as transgender. While it’s unclear how many people worldwide are transgender, there are some well-known celebrities who’ve made it no secret. They are proving that beauty comes in many forms. Here are some of our transgender heroes.
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1. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is an Emmy-nominated transgender actress who can be seen in the Netflix original series Orange is The New Black where she stars in the groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset. She is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Just like Caitlyn Jenner, they are both determined to live life as their “true selves.”
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2. Chaz Bono
Chaz Bono is an LGBT advocate, three time author, speaker and the only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher.
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3. Alexis Arquette
Alexis Arquette is an American actress, musician and cabaret performer. She was born into the showbiz industry. Her mother was actress Brenda Olivia Mardi. Her father, Lewis Arquette, was both an actor and director. And her siblings are David, Patricia, and Rosanna Arquette, all established actors as well.
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4. Jazz Jennings
Jazz Jennings is a 14-year-old American trans woman, YouTube celebrity, spokesmodel and LGBTQ rights activist. She received wide national attention in 2007 on “‘I’m a Girl’ — Understanding Transgender Children,” an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News’ 20/20. In past interviews, she has called Caitlyn Jenner a “hero.”
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5. Andreja Pejic
Andreja Pejic is an Australian model and transgender woman, who until 2014 was billed as an androgynous male model, self-described as living “in between genders.”
6. Carmen Carrera
Carmen Carrera is an American reality television personality, model, burlesque performer, and actress known for appearing on the third season of the Logo reality television series RuPaul’s Drag Race as well as its spin-off series RuPaul’s Drag U.
7. Isis King
Isis King is an American fashion model and a fashion designer. She was a contestant on both the 11th cycle and the 17th cycle of the reality television show America’s Next Top Model. She was the first trans woman to compete on the show, and became one of the most visible transgender people on television.
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8. Ines Rau
Ines Rau is a transgender model who hails from Paris, France. She turned heads in 2013 after posing with actor Tyson Beckford in a provocative photo shoot for French magazine OOB.
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9. Lea T.
Transgender model Lea T. is making history as the new face of American haircare giant Redken. She first caught the world’s attention in Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy Fall/Winter 2010 ad campaign.
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10. Lana Wachowski
The co-director of “The Matrix” and “Cloud Atlas” has become the first major Hollywood director to publicly come out as transgender. She was born Larry Wachowski in Chicago in 1965.
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