“My name is Teddy. I am a transgender woman. I lived my whole life as a man, but I always felt that I was faking it,”
The young woman said in a video announcing to the fashion industry her real identity. Hours after making the announcement, she prepared for Marc Jacobs’ runway show and dedicated it to the trans women who were killed as victims of hate crimes.
Theodora Quinlivan was born on June 22, 1994, in Boston Massachusetts, she studied art at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Nowadays she lives in New York City.
Recently, Victoria Secret decided to reinvent itself with the inclusion of models that represent other sectors of society, so it is normal that other brands and fashion houses have decided to join this initiative, and Chanel was not going to be left behind, and that is how Theodora Quinlivan started making history.
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💄CHANEL BEAUTY💄 -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. 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 fagot, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… This was a victory that made all of that shit worth it. I had walked 2 shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth ( stealth meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever 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. 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. Thank you to everyone who made this dream a reality! @nicolaskantor @shazmakeup @sebastienrichard1 @casadevallbelen
“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. 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 fagot, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job… “
However, this is not the first time that Teddy models for Chanel, since previously we have seen her at least twice on the runway, wearing the latest creations, however, all this was before publicly revealing herself as transgender.
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I moved to Paris 1 year ago because I had a quarter life crisis. This past year in Paris has been one of the best years of my life, I experienced the best food, friends, and parties the world can offer. Thank you to everyone who welcomed me in and made this magical place feel like home. I hate to leave but I’m on to the next adventure in a new place!!! I heard Los Angeles is cool… I think I’ll give it a shot 😉👋🏻❤️
“When I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again. But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising,” she said on his Instagram account.
The truth is that the fall of 2017 marked a before and after in the life of Teddy. The young woman lived at the time in New York City but kept her transsexuality secret, when she confided the truth to who she believed was her friend and the Rumor began to circulate in the New York environment, as she told in a TED talk called The Power To Reveal Your Darkest Secret.
“I had two paths: keep lying or hugging my secret. It was then that almost without realizing it, my great secret made me a paranoid, negative and problematic person,” said the young woman.
Finally, the model took over her secret and confirmed it with pride: “At that time President Donald Trump was newly elected, and one of the points of his campaign was to take rights and protection from trans people. This gave me more motivation, not only for my release but because I had the opportunity to turn my secrets into an opportunity to educate, inform and stigmatize. ”
Since Teddy declared himself openly transgender he has not stopped working for big brands in the industry such as Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Coach, in addition to diverting on prestigious catwalks for international fashion houses, such as Dsquared2, Philip Plein or Giambattista Valli, followed of a number of editorial works and publications in fashion magazines.
Quinlivan is not the first or the only transgender star of the catwalks or fashion brands, others like her have entered the industry with firm step and do not plan to leave without doing their part in this chapter of fashion history as they are Valentina Sampaio (L’Oreal) and Ines Rau, image of Balmain Hair, Andreja Pejic (Make Up Forever, Redken), Read T in Redken.
It will be the official face of a new makeup line for Chanel Beauty called Chanel Pick Me Up.
With a signed contract and new projects in view, the model and activist for the rights of transgender people promise to continue fighting, raising awareness and informing people so that everyone can be who they want to be.
This signing is a great step towards equality within the industry by one of the most important fashion houses in the world and from which everyone can begin to take note. Congratulations, Teddy!