Chanel hired its first openly transgender model

Chanel hired its first openly transgender model Teddy Quinlivan for its Chanel Campaign. On her Instagram page, Teddy Quinlivan shared the tough moments she’s experienced trying to find her place in the modeling industry.

“My whole life has been a fight,” she wrote on Instagram. “From being bullied at school consistently, kids threatening to kill me and going into graphic detail how they were going to do it, my own father beating me and calling me a fagot, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… This was a victory that made all of that s*** worth it.”

Teddy came out in 2017 and didn’t think she would have a job afterwards. However, since then, Teddy has done work for “Milk Makeup, Porter Magazine, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela Fragrances and Redken.” She’s also actively involved in the #MeToo movement.

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