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America's Next Top Model

Isis King on Transgender Models: Industry Progressing, But Still “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Isis King told Fashionista she's embracing her role as spokesperson and positive role model for the transgender community. The America's Next Top Model All-Star is the first transgender model to be featured in an American Apparel campaign, and she's worked with GLAAD on several other projects.

"I’m not perfect, but I am taking steps to creating reality from the dreams that I have," Isis told Fashionista. "When I was young, there were no trans role models. Nonetheless, I’m just another girl with a dream and would never want to be treated differently when going out for a job."

Isis, also a fashion designer, said the new American Apparel/GLAAD campaign shows things are moving in the right direction, but "There is a long way to go. I believe it is mostly still ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ I still have my struggles, and in many ways more because I’m out with my story and highly recognizable."

That recognition is a double-edged sword, but it sounds like things are going well for Isis, with more good things to come. "I have my International Indie feature film shoot in the Philippines called ‘Hello Forever’ that will be coming out soon, so I’m working hard promoting for that,” Isis said. “I speak about my experiences at colleges around the country, which will start back up in the fall, and hopefully there will be more opportunities from companies like American Apparel after this!"

Good luck! We love to hear the ANTM success stories.

Catch the premiere of America's Next Top Model Cycle 19: College Edition on Friday, August 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Source: Fashionista

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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06.13.2012 / 08:06 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
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