Indya Moore Honors Murdered Black Trans Women During Fashion Week

September 7, 2019  |  

The Daily Front Row 7th Annual Fashion Media Awards At Rainbow Room

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This year, 17 black transwomen were murdered and actress Indya Moore is making sure their memory lives on.

The Pose actress was honored at the Fashion Media Awards for being the first transwomen to be featured on the cover of Elle Magazine. In remembrance of the 17 victims,  Moore wore long keepsake earrings and carried a purse and frame which the pictures of each trans woman that was killed this year.

“It’s hard to celebrate being celebrated for being myself during a time when people like me are being murdered for being themselves,” Moore said during her acceptance speech for the Cover of the Year Award. “This year, 16 known women were taken from us because of that same fear. On this day that I’m celebrated and awarded for being visible, I decided to bring them with me. I’m wearing them on my ears as earrings. I’d like to thank Ian Bradley, my stylist, and the designer, Aree for creating a way for me to bring these women here with me tonight.”

The 17th victim,  Bailey Reeves,  was murdered on Labor Day, and though it was too late to feature her on her jewelry,  Moore carried her picture.

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