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Transgender Beauty Could Be America's Next Top Model

Transgender Beauty Could Be America's Next Top Model

The upcoming Season of America's Next Top Model embraces diversity as usual. Twenty-two-year-old Isis, who identifies as a woman but born physically male, will compete as the show's first transgender contestant.

While GLAAD hails the choice as an unprecedented opportunity for visibility, Isis has a more humble assessment of her role in breaking societal barriers for trasngender individuals — Isis has explained: "I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams."

While it probably can't hurt the CW's ratings (and we all know Tyra loves publicity), featuring a beautiful transgender contestant could also help the trasngender community gain mainstream acceptance by breaking stereotypes.

If you're a big ANTM fan Buzz has the skinny on the rest of the contestants, and Bella has predicted how Tyra will handle makeover day. I wonder if Isis's gender identity will be a major theme of the show, or whether it will be something viewers easily forget.

Photo courtesy of The CW.

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hilahhaley hilahhaley 8 years
48 - I am a transexual myself.
gitsie123 gitsie123 8 years
I believe Transgender and Transexual mean the same thing. I have some transgender friends who often I identify themselves as post-op or pre-op. Being a transvestite is totally different, which is a man who is often straight and dresses up in women's clothes. I just called my friend to clarify.
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
Why did they photoshop away her knees?! better yet, why did they photoshop away her adams apple? sorry im as liberal as the next girl but i would be pissed if i entered a female oriented competition and had to compete against someone who has the height like a boy, the metabolism like a boy and is pretty much a boy until you slap some makeup on him.
emmebeth emmebeth 8 years
Auntie Coosa- Are you serious?
hilahhaley hilahhaley 8 years
This isn't very clear, but the term Transgender sometimes does not include Transexual. If in this case it doesn't then she is a he identifying as a female, if it does then she is a she end of story. Transvestite is interchangeable with cross dresser. My 2 cents.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
lol, hey, i'd watch! Can you move your tail a bit more into the light?
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
LOL CaterpillarGirl, she's transgender not transvestite
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
isis better smile with her eyes and keep the duct tape handy!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I hope this is handled sensitively... but ugh, why do I have a feeling there will be some stupid "swimsuit photo shoot" that will cause all kinds of drama for poor Isis?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
If anyone has not seen Transamerica I highly recomend it. Excellent movie.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:? I love RuPaul! You bettah work!
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
So, who made the mistake in identity and gender? Was it something his Mom ate while she was pregnant? Was he a fraternal twin whose fetal body absorbed his sister? Or is he putting the onus on Someone or Something else? Tread softly on Mark 3:29.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Speaking of plus size I'll never forget a clip from RuPaul's show on Mtv when (shim) went shopping and the clerk asked what size, he said "Queen Size"
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
Juju I agree about Heather. The thing is that whole season was rigged because I honestly think Heather was one of the best models but the girl that already knew Tyra from her camp for self esteem won. Anyway Heather is still modeling and she was on ana episode of MADE on MTV helping another kid with Aspbergers (sp?)
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
Wasn't there a nother transgender contestant a few cycles back. I'm not sure if she ever got into the house for actual taping but I think she was then on Janice Dickinson's show teaching her models how to walk or soemthing
juju4 juju4 8 years
I feel really bad for her, because Tyra likes to seem like she is thoughful, caring and open-minded, but she's just using it for drama and will kick her off before the finals regardless of whether she is taking the best photos or not. I think the same thing happened to Heather on the previous year, who had a form of autism. When it was Heather's time to go, Tyra was, "These other girls might go on to win, but for YOU placing 5th is an accomplishment." (She didn't actually say that word for word, but that's the way it came across). I predict the exact same thing for Isis. No matter how great she is, Tyra will never let her win and is just using her for publicity.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
this makes me smile
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I have a feeling that her presence will bring about the worst in some people on the show (isn't that the point of shows like this to begin with?" The "drama" of each episode is usually scripted. They might not tell everyone exactly what to say, but they certainly tell them the storyline to follow. On most "reality" shows, they do multiple takes of certain "scenes". The writers of ANTM went on strike because they wanted to unionize, but the producers wouldn't let them. Yes, America's Next Top Model has a writing team, not that you could tell by the quality of the product!
em1282 em1282 8 years
I've never seen an episode of this show, but good for her. Of course, I have a feeling that her presence will bring about the worst in some people on the show (isn't that the point of shows like this to begin with? Then again I don't watch it so I guess I can't say that's the case with this show for sure) and will lead to myriad ignorant comments that will offend the transgender community, though. Just sayin'.
stephley stephley 8 years
It's just another feather in your cap Hypno.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"Isis is different which means her difference will be highlighted and discussed and the judges will keep her on the show for much longer than she deserves because it will help ratings." And Tyra will probably use her "quite voice" to show she is being sensitive, while she milks their pain for her profit. Does anyone else get annoyed by the way she pauses all the time? "towards becoming...America's....Next.............................................................. .......................................................................Top....................Model"
meeshee meeshee 8 years
"Twenty-two-year-old Isis, who identifies as a women but born physically male, will compete as the show's first transgender contestant." Should "women" be "woman?" ;) ;) ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I know that this will come as a great surprise everyone, but I hate this show.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
I agree, Jillness! There's always a way for Tyra to tie it back to how great Tyra is!
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