The theme of transgender in the world of fashion is no longer shocking — indeed, the model had a sex change, actively win the industry and inspiring many fashion designers participate in shows of the most famous brands. The past few seasons, one name appears in the pages of fashion magazines, especially 24-year-old Theodore Quinlivan the amount spent on the last fashion Weeks shows can compete with the modern divas of the catwalk, like sisters Hadid or Kaya Gerber. SPLETNIK.RU introduces you closer with the new star of the fashion world and a favorite of Nicolas Ghesquière, creative Director of Louis Vuitton.
The world of fashion, and not only, have already seen such transformation is enough to recall Andrei Perica who began his career as an androgynous model, and later did a surgery; Bruce Jenner, who became Caitlin, awarded with the title “Woman of the year” by Glamour magazine; Hari NEF, the Muse of the brand Gucci; filmmakers the Wachowski brothers turned into sisters, and many others. This summer it was announced that transgender model for the first time participate in the contest “Miss universe”.
The story of Teddy Quinlivan interesting because all recognized her as a girl, and only then, after nearly two years of successful career, she decided to admit that is transgender.
To know yourself
Myself, Teddy, who was born and raised in Boston, says that he always felt like a girl, and she only had to play the role of a boy. My teen pictures the model is not divided, this period of life was too hard for her, but publishes photos of children in bright dresses and my mother’s shoes.
Once at school, when after sport I changed in the men’s locker room in the area, because only there I felt safe, walked one guy and in detail described to me how he will beat me n*Dora,
he told Teddy in an interview.
Worst of all was that her then was summoned to the Director with the requirement to explain why she provoked his classmate. The Director was advised to behave “like a man” if Quinlivan doesn’t want to, under constant ridicule.
16 Teddy decided to have a Frank conversation with my mother — the model recognizes that, although lived all his life with the feeling of being trapped in the wrong body, she had never heard of the term “transgender” didn’t feel if there’s anyone in the world what she is. In high school, where she studied girls and boys only laughed at her. At the age of 17, Teddy has started to take hormones. Her mother supported her and helped her find the best doctors to carry out the operation. Father, according to Teddy, was not immediately accepted her choice, but his attitude changed when he saw that the role of women Teddy feels comfortable.
The path to the podium
The success of many of the models began with a chance meeting with a scout of the Agency, who invited them on casting. The story of Teddy, however, it differs from most similar — it was noticed by the creative Director of Louis Vuitton Nicolas ghesquiere. The debut of the girls on the runway held at the fashion show spring-summer collection 2016 in the season Teddy has collaborated with the brand on an exclusive basis.
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Teddy Quinlivan on the show of Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2016
Before that, a friend Teddy that has already worked as a model sent her pictures to my Agency and advised her to have a career, but then Quinlivan did not take these ideas seriously — at first she wanted to finish school. And soon after graduation she went to Paris to study art history and, as it turned out, to take the first steps to success in the modeling business.
Idol Teddy is an American model Cameron Russell, who graduated from Columbia University and has successfully combined a career on the podium with participation in important public discussions, such as, for example, the discussion of financial reform.
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Quinlivan definitely follows this example: participates in fashion shows of top brands Saint Laurent, Dior, Chloe, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabban, and many others, and is an activist of the LGBT community.
I love all my brothers and sisters transgender, and I will do everything I can to change them. Know that you are not alone, know that I’m here and fighting for our community, fighting for our liberation,
— posted by Teddy, which openly condemns in his blog politics of Donald trump against the LGBT community.
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The secret becomes clear
Fighting for the equality of their status Teddy tried to extract some benefit. Knowing that she had to go through a rather traumatic experience at a young age and face the humiliation at school, it would be quite possible to assume that, having achieved success, Teddy would prefer not to return ever again to this theme and enjoy its status as a sought-after model.
Emily Ratzkowski and Teddy Quinlivan
Teddy Quinlivan and Adwoa Aboa
But Quinlivan found the strength to admit that she’s actually transgender. It happened last fall during fashion Week in new York. To be Frank, Teddy was decided in the CNN interview, and your appearance on the runway for Marc Jacobs, who closed the show, dedicated to the transgender people who were victims of intolerance and violence. His long silence Quinlivan explained:
I don’t think the fact that I am transgender makes me successful, but that’s what makes me unique. Is this the most important thing in my personality? No. Is this part of me? Yes. But I didn’t want someone could say about me: “you got the job because you’re TRANS!” I wanted to make sure that no one will be able to say about me or use it against me because your genitals do not play any role in whether you to be a successful model or not.
The thing Teddy was welcomed in the industry — it was supported by Nicolas ghesquière, Marc Jacobs, Pat McGrath and many other colleagues in the fashion business.
I met Teddy in the fall of 2015, and I was very impressed with the combination of this glamorous appearance and a strong character. When I learned that she wants to tell your story and fight for the rights of the TRANS community, I knew that it will enter the Pantheon of women who are valued not only for their beauty but also for traits of their personality: integrity, courage and perseverance,
— voted then Pat McGrath.
Touches to the portrait
In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Teddy admitted that if I hadn’t become a model, could take up television projects depicting religion, gender and politics.
I would like to raise a new generation that would be interested in the really important things, not just the number of subscribers in Instagram.
However, taking care of inner beauty, forget about perfection: top beauty products for Teddy purifying toner, moisturizer and lip balm.
Despite a successful career, Quinlivan there is still something to strive for — girl wants to shoot for the cover of Vogue Italia, and a photographer should be Steven Meisel.
Teddy adores movies “Kill bill”, “the Dreamers” and the American version of “Girl with the dragon tattoo”. And prefers disco music and classic Opera.
Transgender models are not something completely new for the industry in the 60-70-ies of the last century, transgender people were already shooting for fashion magazines and walked the runway. Unfortunately, their story had a sad ending. So, April Ashley, who worked with Vogue, was forced to interrupt her modeling career, when it became known that she is transgender (she was the first Briton, who underwent a sex-change operation). The same fate has comprehended and Tracey Norman. Although it was very popular in the profession and was shot for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, she had to put an end to the successful career model has also issued the “well-wishers”.
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Today, the transgender model seems to be getting even: the success story of Teddy Quinlivan is one of the brightest. In the meantime, the girl continues to conquer the world’s catwalks, and many fashion magazines, including Vogue, have already started to write that business model transgender future.