Transgender Contestant to Compete on ANTM
It's still hard for me to think of ANTM as being culturally and socially progressive, given that the show's purpose is to focus on an incredibly narrow definition of 'female beauty', but this is still an interesting development in the show's evolution. Let's hope, however, that the transgendered contestant is not being included simply to be objectified, exoticized, criticized, ridiculed, and picked apart.
Oh wait, that's what every contestant is subjected to.
One of the 14 girls who will compete on the new season of America's Next Top Model – which returns to The CW on September 3 – is transgender.
"My cards were dealt differently," Isis, a 22-year-old former receptionist, tells Us Weekly exclusively in its new issue, on newsstands now.
Hailing from Prince George's County, Maryland, Isis identifies herself as "a woman born physically male."
Will she be a role model?
"I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams," she tells Us.
The inclusion of Isis is being hailed by GLAAD president Neil Giuliano as "an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television.
"We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible," Giuliano said.