Naomi Campbell took an opportunity on stage at this week’s GLAAD Awards to shout-out transgender models Lea T and Carmen Carrera. The legendary supermodel encouraged the fashion industry to be more diverse and inclusive, including greater acceptance of transgender models.
The host of The Face took to the stage at the 25th annual GLAAD Media Awards to introduce Hollywood actress Ellen Page, but took the time to dazzle the crowd with some ‘Hollywood glamour’ and to acknowledge the strong connections between the LGBT and fashion communities.
Wearing a stunning, flowing print dress (perfect for the LA heat at the moment) and afro hairstyle, Campbell took a moment to acknowledge the accomplishments of transgender models like Lea T and Carmen Carrera.
Along with GLAAD, I encourage even more diversity in the fashion world, that includes welcoming trans models to the runways. Much love Lea T and also to Carmen Carrera, and I know Carmen is in the house tonight. She’s in the fashion magazines W, Italian Vogue and also just to note the recent Barney’s campaign… The truth is LGBT culture and fashion go hand in hand. They flourish in light of making bold and brave statements.
Carmen Carrera in ‘Showgirl’ for W magazine (NSFW).
Carmen Carrera made her TV debut on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since her turn on the show, she has come out as transgender and turned to modeling. Carrera has been shot alongside Linda Evangelista by famed fashion photographer Steven Klein for W Magazine. An online petition to make Carrera the first transgender Victoria’s Secret Angel has now garnered over 45,000 signatures.
Lea T has become known as “the fashion world’s first transexual” since her debut in a Givenchy campaign. The Brazilian beauty was discovered by Givenchy’s Ricardo Tisci, who has cited her as a muse for his designs. She appeared on the cover of LOVE magazine kissing Kate Moss.
Transgender people are noted to face the most discrimination out of LGBT communities. Approximately 85% have experienced verbal harassment due to their gender identity, while one third have faced physical abuse. 41% of transgender people have attempted suicide in their lifetime; nine times higher than the US national average.