The models huddle in the doorway leading to a New York City rooftop on a cold winter day, pulling their coats tight around their mini-dresses. They shiver and share laughs – pausing only to stand still for makeup touchups – and swap advice on legally changing their names.
“My middle name is Beatrice,” Evalyn Jake says, as the others coo. “It was my great-grandma’s middle name. I used to garden with her.”
The talent at the Trans Models agency looks like any other: leggy women in stilettos smiling through high cheek bones, beautiful men with steady eyes. And like other models, they yearn to be in the public eye as much as possible. Yet their goals also stretch well beyond glossy pages. Their true aim is to be highly visible representatives for the trans community.