Get ready to smize, because Tyra Banks and VH1 are teaming up to give a voice to the transgender community with the new docuseries TransAmerica, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two forces will produce an eight-episode series starring model/activist Carmen Carrera that will follow five Chicago millennial women who identify as transgender and see how it affects their lives.
"TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story," the America’s Next Top Model host told THR.
As for Tyra’s co-executive producer, Gay Rosenthal, he’s proud to be working with the legendary supermodel: "I am thrilled to partner with Tyra in telling the story of these incredible women and to make this unprecedented series," he tells THR. This is definitely a dynamic duo!
If you’re keeping count, this will be the third series on VH1 to either prominently feature or star a transgender person, cementing the network’s status as an ally to this underrepresented community. Don’t forget that Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox got her big break on I Want to Work for Diddy in 2008 and later snagged a spin-off titled TRANSform Me in 2010.
"It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more," Susan Levison, executive VP of programming for VH1, told THR. "This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates."
Carmen will be serving as a role model for the cast — Giselle, Natalia, Sidney, and Victory — and she seems pretty excited for this new platform. “Being a woman means everything to me,” Carmen told THR. “Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.” Neither can we, girl. Neither can we.
Look out for TransAmerica in late 2014 or early 2015!