Black, transgender, and disabled model Aaron Philip have been signed by one of the world’s leading modeling agency.
The 17-years old transgender female model announced last week that she had been signed by Elite modeling agency. She thanked her supporters at the same time for assisting to see that the fashion industry becomes more inclusive. She said “This hasn’t been easy, but we did it! I’m so excited and grateful to work hard and share this new chapter of my life with you all”.
Miss Philip’s agent had mentioned last year to the New York Time that it was time the rest of the world recognized Philip’s potentials and added that beauty goes beyond the usual 5-FOOT-10-inch, size-zero models that people are used to using on the runway.
Philip isn’t looking to stop her struggle at just modeling; she is looking to do more so that people like her can have a place in the industry and it would be normal like it is for other people. Philip has recently penned an essay for them.us, and in that essay, she talked about entering the modeling industry with the intention of not only working but making it more diverse.
But she also has fears which she suspects might pose challenges along the way in the journey of her career. One of her concern is that she put in a box as either “unique and fascinating, or straight up not what a casting director or designer may be looking for.” She added that “I don’t want signings like mine to be a trend or a fed. I want careers for black, trans, and disabled models to be attainable and sustainable”.
The news of Philip’s achievement comes during a time when some transgender models have made significant successes in the modeling and fashion industry. Earlier this year, a transgender rights activist and journalist who go by the name Paris Lees made the cover of Vogue Magazine. At the time of the publication of the Magazine, Paris said she thought it was “insane that I could be in Vogue.
A Trans kid from a council estate. People at school told me I’d never be a girl, would never be pretty enough, and would never be accepted.” Other Trans models have made significant achievement in the industry in recent times, and Isis King, Valentina Sampaio, and Leyna Bloom are just a few of the game changers. With Philip being the first disabled, black, Trans female in the industry, we hope to see more of her kind taking the bold step to seek a career in the industry.