CNN: ‘The personal is the political’: Model Teddy Quinlivan reveals transgender identity

September 13, 2017

All content from CNN (Clive Martin)
“As 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.

Teddy Quinlivan has come out as transgender. She has been modeling since 2015, when she was first discovered by Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière.

Teddy Quinlivan has come out as transgender. She has been modeling since 2015, when she was first discovered by Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière. Credit: Bjorn Iooss for Glamour US
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.
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‘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.”