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Teddy Quinlivan has become the first openly transgender model to work with high end fashion titan Chanel. US-born Quinlivan came out as trans two years ago, and had already worked with Chanel prior to the announcement in This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me. My whole life has been a fight. 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 fagot, 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. But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising.
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The Brazilian native will be the first openly transgender model to work with the iconic brand in its year history and believes the move is "a step toward more inclusivity". In an exclusive interview with Vogue, Valentina said: "Being appointed the first transgender model for the brand is a hugely important moment not only for myself but my community and beyond. I hope [this can] be a huge step toward more inclusivity and representation for everybody.
Teddy Quinlivan is making history as Chanel Beauty's first openly transgender model. While Quinlivan walked in shows for the French fashion house twice before revealing her gender identity, this marks her first project with the brand as an openly trans woman. The news comes just after fellow model Valentina Sampaio made news for being Victoria's Secret's first trans casting. Teddy posted this throwback photo of herself as a child in a gold dress alongside a caption slamming anti-trans policies under the Trump administration.