Last year, Apple Model Management in Thailand set a new standard for the fashion industry as an agency welcoming a number of transgender models in addition to cis men and women.
Now, the agency is coming to Los Angeles, where Apple Model Management L.A. will exclusively represent trans men and women.
“We see trans individuals as beautiful,” says L.A. agency director Cecilio Asuncion. “Our strong commitment to developing them as successful models is never about quantifying or qualifying their gender. It’s never a question of if they are women or men, it’s about their passion and commitment to being the best possible models they can be.”
Asuncion, whose award winning documentary film What’s the T? explores the lives of transgender women, points out that there have been trans models throughout history such as Candy Darling, Caroline Cossey (aka Tula), Octavia Saint Laurent, and now Andreja Pejic. “But their full potential was never reached because of the stigma the community-at-large had towards the trans community,” he says. “This has to change.“
The fashion world is a pretty huge indicator of the people we look up to (often literally, if they’re onstage!), and this is a big deal.