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Hari Nef is the first transgender model to walk for Gucci

The model is also known for her role in Amazon series 'Transparent'

By Andrea Tim | Published: 20 Jan 2016

Gucci's trans model
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Hari Nef wasn't the only woman to walk at the Gucci AW16 menswear runway show on Monday, but she was the only transgender woman to do so. It also marked the first time that the Italian fashion house has hired a transgender model to walk for a show.

Alessandro Michele's collection was of course very gender-ambiguous, so it's not surprising that it was time Gucci hired a model to reflect that. However, we doubt Hari thinks of her employment as something to attribute to her gender.

She was the first transgender model to sign with model management giant IMG. A Lenny Letter published last week revealed that IMG president Ivan Bart told her that many transgender models "did not want to be transgender models. They wanted to be models – model-models – and weren't too keen on going up for jobs that brought attention to their gender identity."

Hari, however, wasn't concerned with that.

"Give me all those jobs," she said. "I want to work."

Photo: Hari Nef walking for Gucci; Hari at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Sept 2015

The 23-year-old is also known for her role in Amazon comedy-drama series Transparent, in which she plays a transgender woman living in the 1930s. She appears in the second season of the show in flashback scenes. Hari's career in fashion and television is still in its early days, but that only means that we have lots to look forward to.

Related: The Gucci SS16 campaign takes a peacock to the Berlin U-Bahn


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