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Calvin Klein Casts Trans Model as Part of New Campaign

"Deconstructing white supremacy & colonial Heteronormative patriarchy & Gender violence In #MYCALVINS".

Indya recently made headlines by becoming the first transgender model to appear on the cover of Elle magazine.

American luxury fashion house Calvin Klein has long been synonymous with jumpstarting the careers of the relatively known and beautiful.

Their underwear shots – showcasing everyone from Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber in highly-branded CK garments – are responsible for making household names of the likes Kate Moss and Mark Wahlberg, to name a few. 

Now, transgender model Indya Moore has been added to these auspicious ranks for the brand's Pride Collection. 

Moore is a non-binary model and actor, who found fame at the end of 2017 by starring in Pose – a TV show about New York ball culture in the 1980s.

Even though they were born in the 90s, Moore still knows a thing or two about the ball scene – being from the Bronx and joining the House of Xtravaganza in the Noughties.

As someone who doesn’t identify as exclusively male or female, pronouns are important. Moore writes on Instagram: "I’m still navigating various levels of insecurity around the way people consume my identity," but "In the meantime I do prefer that people use they/them pronouns to identify me."

In addition to appearing in the Pride campaign imagery, Moore also filmed a series of short video clips that have been posted to Instagram, showing the actor wearing pieces from the collection including a black lingerie set and white shirt. 

In one clip, Indya is seen outside, sharing thoughts on finding self-confidence, saying, "I used to tell my friends, 'I'm ugly before 10 a.m.'" And I warned them to just not look at me. Not anymore. I won't wait to be free, I speak my truth in my Calvins."

According to Out, Calvin Klein announced that in celebration of its Pride collection, it will be making a donation to the Human Rights Campaign, a US-based organisation working towards equality for LGBTQ+ people.

The Calvin Klein website contains the complete Pride collection, which features swimweara belt bagboxers, and more.

Main image by @indyamoore

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