The Story Behind The Model Who Pretended To Be Transgender

Carissa Pinkston, a 20-year-old model for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty brand, made transphobic comments on Facebook, saying trans women aren't real women. She then backtracked – and lied.

A model for Rihanna's Savage X Fenty brand has apologised for claiming she was transgender after receiving death threats for her transphobic comments.

The model wrote in multiple since-deleted Facebook posts from May, under the name Rissa Danielle, that trans women were not women.

Social media users who located the original posts and those who have been witness to Pinkston's transphobia have also said that on Instagram Live videos, she went as far as likening trans women to paedophiles.

On Monday, after being called out and getting fired, she took to Instagram Live, crying and seen to be saying something, but without audio, as the video was muted.

After the Live, she also posted a “coming out" note, trying to repair the damage by claiming that she was trans herself.

"I wasn't ready to come about it yet but today I got fired and I've been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I'm being forced to tell the truth," she wrote.

"I'm Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I've lived my life as a female ever since."

She continued, saying it was "very hard to keep this a secret" and what she said was a "direct reflection of my inner insecurities."

"I have since come to realize that I am a Woman. WE ALL ARE!" she concluded.

And while many on the Internet were confused by this supposed coming out, a number of colleagues and people who worked with Pinkston began to debunk her statement.

Aleece Wilson replied to the post saying, "It's terrible and disgusting that you're lying to thousands of people …. That clout shit is said."

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Aaron Philip also spoke out, tweeting, "Imagine being a model who got exposed for being a raging transphobe/saying extremely transphobic shit in the past and then resorting to LYING ABOUT BEING TRANSGENDER ONLINE FOR CLOUT IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE YOUR CAREER …? I know this person irl and she is SO CISGENDER??"

Shortly afterwards, Pinkston went on Instagram again to post a new statement, saying she apologised for the transphobic remarks she made.

She also admitted that she lied about being transgender.

"I panicked and I thought if I came out as Trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I've only made things worse," she wrote.

"I'm truly sorry. I'm only 20 and I'm human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me. I hope you all can forgive me and move on from this because I'm so much more than this incident and I'm not a coward."

She then posted photos of herself and transgender model Hunter Schafer on Instagram Stories.

"I hate to do this because this doesn't concern her but, me being 'Transphobic' is stupid," she wrote. "I been friends with Hunter way before all these comments and now she won't even talk to me."

She said she felt "like a trans person in a way" because she was bullied in high school.

"I'm taking full responsibility for what I said," she told Buzzfeed, but denied she claimed to be trans to cover up the comments she made in her Facebook post.

"It was never to avoid any backlash, but I did panic," she said. "And I do know what it's like to be bullied and picked on for being different. And I wanted to fit in a community. Just in that moment, I didn't know what to do."

She said she was receiving "death threats," and coming out as trans was her only option.

She added "I got an experience of what a transgender person goes through," and "I'm definitely not transphobic."

All her posts have since been deleted, except for the screenshots going around online​.

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