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Chanel Beauty hires first openly transgender model and she's going viral

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The Times Of India
11th September, 2019 18:00 IST

Luxury beauty brand, Chanel created history by choosing a transgender model , Teddy Quinlivan as the face of Chanel Beauty's latest campaign.

The 25-year-old model spilled the beans about the development and shared that she's become the face of the popular brand's latest campaign.


The model also said that this is the first time Chanel Beauty has hired an openly transgender model to appear in one of its cosmetic ads.

"I find I don't cry anymore when things are sad, but isn't it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph. This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me," Quinlivan wrote on her Instagram post.


She continued, "My whole life has been a fight. 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 f---t, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job. This was a victory that made all of that s--t worth it."

In her Insta post, the 25-year-old star also recalled walking "2 shows for Chanel" before publicly coming out as a transgender. She explained that after she spoke about her identity, which was in 2017, she was afraid she'd never be able to work with the fashion powerhouse again.


"But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising. I am the first openly trans person to work for the house of Chanel, and I am deeply humbled and proud to represent my community," she added, proudly.

"The world will kick you down, spit on you, and tell you you're worthless. It's your job to have the strength to stand up and push on, to keep fighting, Because if you give up then you will never experience the tears of triumph," she signed off.


The 25-year-old model has featured in numerous beauty ads for leading brands like Milk Makeup, Redken and Maison Margiela Fragrances, among others, as reported by E! News.

She has also walked countless runways for big brands like Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Gucci, Altuzarra, and Saint Laurent to name a few.


Louis Vuitton's designer and the creative director of the house, Nicolas Ghesquiere is the one who originally discovered the model.

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