We love sharing stories that help us promote acceptance of all types of people, and we had an incredible opportunity to do so the other day, when the beautiful
Isis King came by. Isis is a model, actress, and fashion designer, but her path to this varied and wonderful career did not come easy. Born biologically male, Isis knew since childhood that she was a woman, stuck in the wrong body.
Finding acceptance for her true identity, however, was an impossibility, and at 21, Isis found herself living at a New York center for homeless LGBT youth. But a chance opportunity as a background model in an America’s Next Top Model photo shoot changed everything. Host and producer Tyra Banks took an interest in Isis, and ended up asking her to audition for the next season of the show, where she became one of the 14 finalists. Within months, Isis was in the national spotlight as the first transgender contestant on Top Model, and she has used her platform to follow her dreams ever since – designing her own clothing line, expanding her modeling and acting career, even completing her transition with a full gender reassignment surgery. She is an outspoken activist for women, people of color, and the LGBT community, and is truly an inspiration to us all.
Hear about Isis’s journey and transition in this Week’s Mondays with Marlo
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