Chanel Hires Transgender Model Teddy Quinlivan for Beauty Campaign

(Photo: Teddy Quinlivan)

Model and activist Teddy Quinlivan has announced she is the first openly transgender model to be tapped by Chanel Beauty for an advertising campaign, reports WWD.

Quinlivan shared the news on her Instagram account, posting a video and image from the campaign along with a heartfelt quote on the significance of this role.

“I find I don’t cry anymore when things are sad, but isn’t it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph?” she wrote. “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 f–got, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job.…This was a victory that made all of that s–t worth it.”

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Chanel Hires Transgender Model Teddy Quinlivan for Beauty Campaign