In an industry where outer beauty makes all the money, it is not easy to be different. Different should be a term celebrated, synonymous with unique, divergent, unusual maybe even rare in some context, but in this fashion world, it connotates with something negative.
But I am not entirely hopeless. In this day and age, we are becoming more accepting of the changes in society. Resilient to the outer-powers that tell us beauty is defined only with models that fit the standards. Allow me to introduce to you Teddy Quinlivan. You may have seen her in runway shows for Carolina Herrera, Jeremy Scott and Jason Wu. For 6 years, she was hiding a secret while taking fashion week by storm.
She comes out as a transgender woman at a time when the political climate in the United States comes shattering down. The country that values freedom is chained by their own leader for oppressing the rights and respect of the LGBTQ community. Quinlivan feels that there needs to be a sense of urgency in order to continue the progress the previous administration has begun.
Quinlivan was born on June 22, 1994, in Boston Massachusetts. 11 years later she would be discovered by Nicolas Ghesquière, the creative director of Louis Vuitton. Though she isn’t the only transgender model in high fashion, it’s her decision to stand up and be part of the crying voices of this community that is much lauded for.