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'The personal is the political': Model Teddy Quinlivan reveals transgender identity
Published 13th September 2017
Written by Clive Martin, CNN


As s the fashion industry bows to pressure to become more progressive with its casting choices, a new generation of models from all backgrounds, cultures, genders and sexualities has taken to the runways. The transgender community -- for so long underrepresented in fashion -- can today count several fashion superstars in its ranks, namely Gucci muse Hari Nef and fashion week stalwart Andreja Pejić.

Now, in a CNN Style exclusive, model Teddy Quinlivan is publicly disclosing her transgender identity for the very first time

Quinlivan, 23, is a catwalk and campaign regular, having walked for the likes of Jeremy Scott, Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenberg at this fall's New York Fashion week alone. Since being discovered by Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière in 2015, her career has been in the ascendant.
Speaking between New York Fashion Week shows, Quinlivan explains what inspired her to come out, during what appears to be a crucial time for transgender people.

'Doing it for myself'


"I've decided to reveal my trans identity because of the political climate in the world right now -- particularly in the United States," Quinlivan said. "We made an amazing progression under the Obama administration, and since the new administration took office there's been a kind of backlash."

Quinlivan accepts that her announcement may bring a backlash from less accepting corners of the internet -- or even negative ramifications for her fashion career.

"I'm definitely a little bit nervous, because I've been presenting as cisgender (a person who identifies with the sex they were assigned at birth) for so long," she said. "Since I transitioned when I was 16, I've been living as a cis female ... I was very lucky, because I won the genetic lottery -- I looked a certain way and my voice hadn't dropped. That privilege gave me a lot of confidence to walk down the street, date and (work) in the fashion industry, where people I would presume I was a 'normal' girl.

"But when you come out as transgender to the world, on a platform, there may be some backlash. People might be violent against me because of something I never chose. That makes me nervous, but I'm really excited to share my story with the world. My optimism outweighs the fear."
Quinlivan already has several high profile supporters behind her decision, including designer Marc Jacobs who wrote: "I respect, admire and support Teddy's decision to come out as transgender. Now more than ever it is vital that we pledge our allegiance to the LGBT community and use our voices to encourage and inspire acceptance, equality, understanding and love."
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement that Teddy is "sending a phenomenal message to transgender youth by using her personal story to show that transgender women can and should aspire to be whatever they want to be."

'No role models'

It seems likely that Quinlivan's vocation in the fashion industry will change from simply "model" to "transgender model." But she's willing to accept the label.
"I don't think it's a problem because I don't think there's anything wrong with being trans," she said. "I'm a woman first and foremost ... I'm a model but I'm also transgender, and I think in a time when I can count most transgender celebrities on my hands, (this) is crucial.

"If being transgender is something that gets attached to my name throughout my career, then it's for a worthy cause. But I look forward to the day when it doesn't matter."

"Unfortunately, I didn't have any trans role models until I was probably 18 or 19. Laverne Cox being on 'Orange Is the New Black' is new. Janet Mock, Caitlyn Jenner coming out -- that's recent."

"When I was growing up it was all Jerry Springer and Maury Povich. I was seeing this exploitation of trans women. They were made to seem like a bad joke. I felt like that was such a negative portrayal. I wasn't like the women on these TV shows, so it gave me a lot of confusion."

"Hopefully my story reaches people in the same way that the stories of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock have (already) reached trans people. There are not a lot of openly trans people in media, and I think it's really important to show people that not only am I trans, I'm (also) very successful and good at what I do."

But what role does Quinlivan think that the notoriously fickle, often superficial fashion industry can play in this? Can she use it as a tool for social change?
"I think one of the ways we can help people in the trans community is to give them a platform," she said. "And I think the fashion industry plays a very crucial role in that. The fashion industry dictates what's in fashion, what's cool, what's acceptable. It's not just about who's walking fashion shows ... it's about who's on every newsstand in the country.
"The transgender community needs more visibility. And with more visibility will come more acceptance."
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This is a huge surprise for me, although I have been following her for a while. She has all my respect and admiration for her bravery and political engagement. Thank you Teddy!

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I got a little teary eyed with the video. There's nothing more beautiful and important in this world than living your truth and being of proud of who you are. Thank you Teddy for your bravery abd sharing your story! So much love for you

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I got a little teary eyed with the video. There's nothing more beautiful and important in this world than living your truth and being of proud of who you are. Thank you Teddy for your bravery abd sharing your story! So much love for you
Her mother's words, in particular, struck a cord with me... would that all children had parents as loving, supportive, and wise as her's...

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Yep, definitely cried while watching the video. I am so ****ing proud of her. This is so amazing.

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Is she trans?

Because that kind of hype is the only thing I can think of that could be pushing this severely average looking, yet very 'camp' person's booking potential
OMG you called it. Anyway, I've always liked teddy, hope this will get her more jobs!

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Thank you Teddy for spoke out and share your story with the world, you're such a brave and strong woman

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I don't understand how people can say she's pain. She doesn't look like anyone else in the industry right now. Much better than all these random girls who blur together and whose names you can't remember.

Bravo for coming out as trans. Love her all the same.

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She doesn't get along with some of the girls right? That's a bit of a shame.

Ive always liked her as a model, trans or not trance. I think she's got a lot of attitude in the runway and her street style is fabulous.

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OMG you called it. Anyway, I've always liked teddy, hope this will get her more jobs!
She's still not to my taste as a model, I'd prefer to see Teddy in another arena of creativity/fame

Though, I am proud of her for coming out, after putting so much effort and probably a lot of thought into passing as cis. To tear that down and - in the process - become a revolutionary is admirable

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Trans or not, she's killing it this season (as she always does)!

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