Transgender Models Pose For Barneys Spring 2014 Campaign

January 31, 2014  |  


From StyleBlazer 

Barneys New York is taking diversity to a new level in their Spring 2014 campaign. The campaign, shot by famed photographer Bruce Weber, features 17 transgender “models,” many of whom have never before been featured in print. “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters,” zeroes in on gender, surpassing the now-blasé concepts pertaining to race, size, or even shape.

Barneys’ Creative Director, Dennis Freedman, told The New York Times that the inspiration behind the campaign came from a desire to promote awareness about the transgender community, who are lagging behind their peers in the LGB community in terms of cultural acceptance.

“I was exquisitely aware that in the last decade, the L.G.B. communities have made extraordinary advances, and the transgender community has not shared in that progress,” Mr. Freedman told the Times.

The campaign launched on Barneys’ the Window Blog, includes a brief biography of the models featured in the shoot. Many of the photos feature not just the model, but also their support network. Journalist Patricia Bosworth, a contributor at Vanity Fair, conducted interviews with each of the participants, covering a range of issues from each of their lives–from bullying to discrimination to love.

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