Teddy Quinlivan, a highly sought after American model came out as transgender between shows during New York Fashion Week. Quinlivan joins ranks with transgender models Gucci muse Hari Nef , Andreja Pejić, Strut’s Arisce Wanzer and many others visibly demonstrating the beauty and uniqueness of the transgender experience.
Winner of the genetic lottery.
“I’m definitely a little bit nervous because I’ve been presenting as cisgender for so long,” She told CNN Style Wednesday. “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.”
While many in the transgender community will take exception to Teddy Quinlivan’s statement about having won a genetic lottery it is crucial we value her contributions to our movement just as we do those who haven’t won a lottery or bingo (moi par exemple) for that matter.
Teddy Quinlivan was discovered in 2015 by Nicolas Ghesquière, Louis Vuitton’s creative director and has since has walked for designers including (but not limited to) Carolina Herrera, Jeremy Scott, and Jason Wu. While her announcement was praised by Ghesquière, designer Marc Jacobs, make-up artist Pat McGrath she understands it comes with some risk, for example, this nitwit’s Youtube.
“There’s been violence against transgender people,” Quinlivan said. “particularly transgender women of color — since before I even knew what transgender was. I just felt a great sense of urgency. I’m very fortunate to be in (a) position (that) I never really thought I would be. It’s really important to take advantage of a time like this.”
With her views on Trump and violence against the trans community, would Quinlivan say that her decision to come out is rooted in politics, or something more personal? “I think the personal is political,” she replied. “It’s political, but I’m also doing it for myself. I was ready to come out, but I think the times we live in elevated the sense of importance and urgency.”
Quinlivan had posted an amazing coming out video to Instagram but it has since been removed. It appears she has had an ongoing issue with Instagram censorship which is troubling given Instagram has a prolific ‘sex’ category which I don’t visit regularly. While it is not known why this video was removed we will share some of Teddy’s images in which she dares to be free.