British Vogue featured its first transgender model in a new issue celebrating the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in Britain.
Follow American Vogue’s feature of a transgender model in 2014 and French Vogue’s feature that included a transgender person in 2017, British Vogue decided to join the bandwagon.
“As we celebrate 100 years since women have been able to vote in the UK, let’s make sure we’re fighting for ALL women. Our diversity is our strength,” the transgender featured model, Paris Lees, tweeted Thursday.
Thank you @Edward_Enninful for including me in @BritishVogue, and this special moment, with these strong, smart and inspiring women. As we celebrate 100 years since women have been able to vote in the UK, let’s make sure we’re fighting for ALL women. Our diversity is our strength pic.twitter.com/ve8M9wzfDw
— Paris Lees (@parislees) January 4, 2018
“It’s insane that I could be in Vogue,” Lees said, according to BBC News. “People at school told me I’d never be a girl, would never be pretty enough, would never be accepted — well here I am being celebrated as a woman.”
“Look how far we’ve come,” Lees added.
Paris Lees describes himself as a writer, presenter, campaigner, model, and former sex worker, per his Twitter handle.
“All my life people have told me I’m not a woman. Thank God times are changing,” he also tweeted Thursday. He encouraged those who see others making discriminatory, hateful, or hurtful comments against trans people to report it to Twitter. (RELATED: Playboy Magazine Features Transgender Woman With ‘Seductive’ Raspy Voice)
“We’ve still got a long way to go before we reach equality and it’s important we fight for all women,” he told BBC.
Playboy also recently featured its first fully nude transgender playmate in the Nov. 2017 issue following Playboy Mansion’s Hugh Hefner’s passing.
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