Top runway model Teddy Quinlivan has come out as transgender. The auburn-haired fashion star has been wowing on the catwalks during New York Fashion Week, walking for Coach, Oscar de la Renta, and Jason Wu over the past few days.
And more than just wanting to be a clothes horse, Teddy is also adding her voice to the transgender conversation.
"It's political, but I'm also doing it for myself. I was ready to come out, but I think the times we live in elevated the sense of importance and urgency," the 23-year-old told CNN.
"When you come out as transgender to the world, on a platform, there may be some backlash. People might be violent against me because of something I never chose. That makes me nervous, but I'm really excited to share my story with the world. My optimism outweighs the fear."
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Teddy added that she hopes to follow in the footsteps of actress Laverne Cox as well as writer and TV host Janet Mock.
The model was also part of the Marc Jacobs presentation on Wednesday evening, walking alongside fellow transgender model Casil McArthur, who rocked the runway with an Elvis-style quiff.
"Today I walked for Marc Jacobs, but I also walked for Venus Extravaganza (sic), Mesha Caldwell, Jo Jo Striker, Jaquarrius Holland, and countless other trans women who's lives were cut short due to senseless violence and lack of understanding," Teddy posted on Instagram alongside a snap of her on the Marc Jacobs catwalk.
"I love all my Transgender brothers and sisters and I will do whatever it takes to make a difference. Know that you are not alone, know that I'm here fighting for our community; fighting for our liberation."