“America’s Next Top Model” to include transgender

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Date: 14 August 2008

“America’s Next Top Model” Praised By Gay Rights Group

The producers of “America’s Next Top Model” have been praised by the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for including a transgender contestant in the new series.

The hit reality show, created by former supermodel Tyra Banks, will enter its 11th season next month and will include former receptionist Isis, who describes herself as “a woman born physically male.”

The 22-year-old is one of the 14 contestants vying for the grand prize of a $100,000 contract with CoverGirl Cosmetics, a management deal with Elite Model Management, and a spread in Seventeen magazine.

GLAAD chief Neil Giuliano is proud of the move: “(This is) 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.”

The new season of “America’s Next Top Model” will debut on September 3.


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