As transgender human rights and recognition increases throughout the world, the freedom for trans women to participate fully in society grows daily. The visibility of trans people means more are joining fields like sports, arts, and fashion.
A round of applause to trans model Teddy Quinlivan who is the first openly transgender face of Chanel Beauty.
“My whole life has been a fight,” Teddy said on her Instagram page. “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 faggot, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… This was a victory that made all of that shit worth it.”
Teddy told her mom that she was really a woman when she was sixteen years old. In an interview with Vogue UK last year, she said, “I never knew anyone who felt the same way I did and I had definitely never heard the term ‘transgender.’”
She came out publicly in 2017, on CNN Style, because she was so discouraged by the adversary transgender people were facing continually.
Teddy had modeled in many high-end brand shows, but was living in what she calls “stealth” (“meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet.”) She knew that coming out might mean losing campaigns in the future, even with brands who had worked with her already.
Instead, she became a face for 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.” Teddy has also done runway and other fashion work with major brands Milk Makeup, Redken, Gucci, Prada, Dior, and Louis Vuitton.
The American beauty was discovered in 2015 by Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s creative director. Her unique blend of natural beauty and dramatic good looks makes her a perfect fit for fashion and beauty products.
Not just a pretty face, the twenty-five-year-old model is an outspoken advocate of the #metoo movement and stands in solidarity with transgender women, LGBTQ people, and women who have experienced sexual violence.
Kudos to the iconic Chanel brand for being open minded, progressive, and recognizing women’s beauty.