carmen carrera placeholder image He made a name for himself when he competed RuPaul’s Drag Race In 2011, she came out making history transgender While the season aired. But the model and actress continued to move on after her time on the show ended. by fans a. She started speaking out about LGBTQ representation after she was created petition Called her to be the first transgender model in 2013 Victoria’s Secret, long ago the brand discussed inclusivity on its runway.
“I struggled a lot to join Victoria’s Secret because of my fans and I thought about how amazing this platform was for women and how important it would be to be trans inclusive,” Carrera told Yahoo Life, indicating that she How Little Knew About the Brand Attitude “At the time I learned how many women were fighting not only for LGBTQ+ inclusion but also for size diversity and ethnic diversity. Those were the kind of things that always happened with the brand , and I was completely out of the loop. I really didn’t even know this was going on. So, the fight for trans inclusivity just added to the laundry list of changes that needed to happen. “
At the time, Carrera was already hyper-focused on issues surrounding the transgender community as one of the first public figures to fight for new opportunities. Still, she struggled to figure out who she was after coming into the world.
“My experience was horrifying because there was no conversation about trans acceptance and there was no rule book in the world. There was also no guidebook, so I was meeting the ignorance of the world,” she explains. “There was no education, no understanding. There was no information or even conversation about acceptance. So, the ugly side of how people treated us and made us feel when I was still trying To find out who I was and still feel comfortable in my transition.”
In the end, Carrera believes that people didn’t take her pleas for LGBTQ inclusion seriously, as the topic seemed off the radar of the biggest brands of all time. Come 2018, when former Victoria’s Secret chief marketing officer Ed Razek pointed out, he outright rejected the trend That “no one was interested” in a runway show that featured trans and plus-size models. Carrera responded with an Instagram post.
He wrote, “My every day is a physical manifestation of my childhood fantasy. I am a strong woman with enough charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to bravely move forward in a world that tries to erase her.” “I wish some people would look beyond just seeing me as a ‘transsexual.’ I am so much more than that, @Victoria Secret. #EdRazek“
lena bloomA transgender model of black and Asian descent also spoke out on social media.
Bloom wrote at the time, “He will regret this in the future when he pays attention to the big mistake he made.” “You will not be a part of it when it comes to changing the world and embracing that change.”
Victoria’s Secret has since announced rebrand, which includes new imagery that illustrates a new VS Collective to replace the former “Fantasy” and infamous “Angels.”
as soon as bloom first trans woman on cover Of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit In 2021, Carrera says there is a way to go when it comes to authentic representation.
“It’s great to see trans women, especially trans women of color, on a global, recognizable platform like SI swim. I am so proud of Lena and everyone who made this possible. But I want to remind the corporations of these shows, publications, and missions,” she says, while noting her role in representing the trans community on the runway. Miami Swim Week. “There’s also importance in recognizing more than just one or two transgender representatives of the community – and I’ve noticed that again we started to tokenize ‘a special’ person of color, a ‘special’ person from the trans community, et cetera. – which places pressure on the rest of the community or a sense of inadequacy.”
Tokenism is something whose editor-in-chief Sports Illustrated SwimsuitMILF MJ DAY, IS told yahoo life She’s “very, very sensitive,” saying “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we featured a trans woman last year, so we’ve checked that box, we can move on. It never is. “
Bloom appears in the 2021 issue with Valentina Sampio, the magazine’s first openly transgender model in 2020 and Victoria’s Secret in 2019. Still, Carrera is pushing for a more comprehensive exposure of LGBTQ individuals.
“We should be seeing more trans women who come in all different shapes and sizes, from all different races who come from the community and who can really represent the full trans umbrella,” says Carrera, who ran away Visible’s #ProudlyVisible Campaign, which provides a platform for LGBTQ individuals to share their stories. “We need to see the people that people don’t want to see. Those are the ones we should be seeing in commercials as well and that goes within the LGBTQ community and outside the LGBTQ community as well. It’s the people who are the people that think.” Doesn’t deserve a place in the world, let alone an advertisement. That’s what I think of true representation.”