For years, trans individuals were underrepresented in movies and television shows. Previously, trans characters’ tales were frequently unpleasant. However, trans representation in the media has recently increased. Here are some trans celebrities who are changing the landscape of Hollywood and beyond while remaining true to themselves.
9. Kim Petras
Kim Petras, a German pop diva, broke into the mainstream music world in 2017 with hits including “Clarity,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “Coconuts,” her most recent TikTok viral tune. In 2009, at the age of 16, Kim became the youngest person to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
8. Hunter Schafer
In Euphoria, Hunter’s portrayal of Jules exemplifies the necessity of trans representation for teenagers. Jules is upfront about her identity and secures herself throughout the episode. Hunter, however, believes that the media has a long way to go in terms of trans depiction.
7. Zaya Wade
Zaya Wade, Dwyane Wade’s 14-year-old daughter, is a retired NBA player. Dwyane told The Today Show after openly coming out as trans in 2019, that being her father has helped him develop. He describes her as the strong one in the family and a hero.
6. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox became one of the most recognized trans actresses in mainstream media after landing a leading part on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. She made history by becoming the first trans woman to win a Daytime Emmy Award for executive producing MTV’s
5. Indya Moore
Indya Moore has persistently pushed for the trans and non-binary communities, in addition to acting with MJ Rodriguez on FX’s Pose. They’ve also utilized their position to speak out against racism and raise funds for sex workers, trans people of color, and disabled people.
4. Angelica Ross
Angelica Ross is an actor, singer, and activist. With her performance on Ryan Murphy’s shows Pose and American Horror Story: 1984, she became the first transgender woman to have two recurring series roles. Angelica just inked a television production deal with Pigeon and TransTech Social Enterprises, a company that assists trans people with networking and professional development.
3. Hari Nef
Hari Nef is an actress, model, and writer who has appeared in films such as Assassination Nation and You on Netflix. She was also the first openly trans model to be represented by IMG Models. As a result, you’ve probably seen her on the New York Fashion Week catwalk.
2. Teddy Geiger
Teddy Geiger, a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and producer, is likely the author of your favorite song. Teddy worked on songs by Shawn Mendes, One Direction, and Caroline Polachek, including “In My Blood,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” and “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings.” She debuted in the music industry in 2006 with the song “For You, I Will (Confidence),” and she continues to write and distribute her own music.
1. Gigi Gorgeous
Gigi Gorgeous became famous after she began producing beauty and lifestyle videos on YouTube in 2008. She started documenting her transition on her YouTube channel after establishing a following online. Since then, she’s created a documentary called This Is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous about her transition.