New York Fashion Week Show Features Only Trans and Non-Binary Models

Clothing brand Marco Marco put on a New York Fashion Week show for their new Collection Seven line — but all of the 34 models were either transgender or non-binary, marking the first time this has happened in Fashion Week history.

The brand’s designer, Marco Morante, has had transgender and non-binary models in his previous shows, but noticed that “their presence was often overshadowed by cis gay men.” So this year, he wanted something to change.

“I wanted to create a space to celebrate trans bodies. This was an opportunity for their presence to be undeniable and reinforce that trans is beautiful,” he told Mic.

The show also presented diversity in body type.

“I’m too thick for industry standards and not thick enough for plus size. It was nice to be on a runway where none of that mattered … the fashion industry is waking up to the many different body types, shades and experiences of this thing we call beauty,” transgender actress and show model Trace Lysette said.

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