A lot of people are talking about Caitlyn Jenner, but there are plenty of other transgender celebrities who deserve more time in the spotlight. Some of them have been around for a long time and have been trying to talk about trans issues for just as long. Here are just a few trans people who are definitely worth talking about.
13. Isis King
Isis King was the first transgender woman to compete on America’s Next Top Model, back when the show was only for female contestants (in later seasons male contestants were included). She competed in an all-star season as well. Isis prefers the phrase “born in the wrong body” rather than transgender. She was discovered when she participated in a shoot that the ANTM models did with homeless youth. She had been living at a transitional home, and was one of the background models in a shoot done in conjunction with a foundation that helps homeless and high-risk youth. During the shoot, she asked the art director Jay Manuel if trans women could apply for the show. Tyra sought her out after the shoot and got her to apply for the next cycle of the show. She ranked 10th that year. After the show, she continued to model. She was the first openly transgender model to work with American Apparel, has guest starred on The Bold and the Beautiful, and she did a variety of other work and appearances.Steve Mack/Everett Collection