Teddy Quinlivan has become the first openly transgender model to front a beauty campaign for Chanel.
The 25-year-old announced her huge career milestone in a recent post on Instagram and told her followers she was crying in "triumph" after being tapped by bosses at the French luxury brand.
"I find I don't cry anymore when things are sad, but isn't it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph? This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me. My whole life has been a fight," Quinlivan wrote, documenting her struggles. "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."
Quinlivan had walked the runway for fashion houses including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chloe before she came out publicly as transgender in September 2017. At the time, she feared she would never work again.
"I had walked two shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth (stealth meaning I hadn't made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I'd stop working with some brands, I thought I'd never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again. But here I am in Chanel Beauty Advertising," the model explained, before adding that she was "deeply humbled and proud" to represent her community. "The world will kick you down, spit on you, and tell you you're worthless. It's your job to have the strength to stand up and push on, to keep fighting. Because if you give up then you will never experience the tears of triumph."
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