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1 comments | Thursday, August 14, 2008

Just when I was about to give up on America's Next Top Model Tyra Banks has shown the world she knows how to keep interest in her long running modeling competition. Meet 22 year old contestant Isis, a receptionist from Prince George's County Maryland who will be making history as the shows first transgender model!

Isis will take to the runway with 13 other contestants as ANTM returns to the CW on September 3.

This seems to be the beginning of trans inclusion on reality television. Laverne Cox, also a transgender female is a contestant on "I Want To Work For Diddy" now airing on VH1.

Tyra Banks has a reputation for being an ally to the LGBT community so I'm not the least bit concerned with how Isis will be treated on the show. With very few visible trans people it's always a concern that they'll be exploited. Tyra has proven that she simply gets it. This is yet another opportunity to educate Americans about the lives of transgendered individuals.

The inclusion of Isis is being hailed by GLAAD president Neil Giuliano as "an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television.

"We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible," Giuliano said.

Make sure to catch Isis on the new season of America's Next Top model when it airs on September 3.


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Good for Tyra, Good for Isis. Those others better watch out. I'm sure she will have the best runway walk of them all.

August 14, 2008 3:47 PM


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