Model Ariel Nicholson made history as the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of American Vogue.
Ariel is one of eight models gracing the cover of the September issue’s Generation America, which celebrates models that challenge industry norms. Nicholson, 20 (third from right) shared the cover with models Anok Yai, Bella Hadid, Lola Leon, Sherry Shi, Yumi Nu, Kaia Gerber and Precious Lee.
In an Instagram post Ariel said,
“To have the opportunity to participate in the shifting landscape of fashion is a dream come true.
At 13, the New Jersey native was featured in the PBS documentary Growing Up Trans. Nicholson then went on to sign with a modeling agency while in high school, and in 2018, she became the first trans woman to walk a Calvin Klein runway.
Nicholson told Vogue,
“Obviously it’s a big deal being the first trans woman on the cover of Vogue.
but it’s also hard to say exactly what kind of big deal it is when the effects are so intangible.
I’ve been put in this box — trans model. Which is what I am — but that’s not all I am.”
Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio, who appeared on the cover of Vogue Paris in 2017, is the first trans model to appear the cover of ANY Vogue magazine.
(Photos, Ethan Greene for Vogue; via NBC News)