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A modelling agency started to help trans-models make their own statement in the fashion Industry

“The Transgender community worldwide has long fought a battle to go beyond the societal classification of a ‘he’ or a ‘she’ and to achieve the fundamental virtues of acceptance and dignity for themselves. The whole community had been fighting hard and their fight now has a new bastion of hope in the form of a fashion agency.

Pêche Di, a trans-model originally from Thailand, started her own modelling agency in New York City called Trans Models in May 2015 and has recruited more than 15 transgenders as professional models till now.

The agency is not only recruiting trans-models, but is also helping them fight their hardships with a bold outlook towards their gender. Founder Di says that more than their physical form, they look for determination in a model. They look for models who have embraced their true identities and want the whole society to do the same. “We are bringing a new element to the image and to the brand of a firm or an organization. They hire us because of that, because we are being true to ourselves, being authentic to ourselves”, proudly says Di.

In another attempt to uplift the Trans community, the agency has also created a web series on YouTube. The series is called ‘Spill the T with Vikki Lee’ and is updated every Thursday.

With their confident strides, beautiful smiles, bold statements and clear aims, the models have bagged many ad campaigns and shoots. Di and her models not only want to make an impression on the fashion world but also on the whole society. More than anything they want to be an inspiration and lay down a path of acceptance for thousands like them.

Although, the agency is working rigorously to bring more such Transgenders onto the forefront, Di and her models accept that they still have a long way to go. But with the amount of support bestowed upon them from every corner of the society, success is now just at the end of the runway.

ANUBHOOTI JAIN | TOC
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