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Transgender Woman in the Running to Be America's Next Top Model


The new season of America's Next Top Model begins on September 3, and will for the first time feature a transgender contestant, named Isis.

Says Isis to Us Weekly: "My cards were dealt differently. I like to help people [as a role model], but I'm here to follow my dreams."

GLAAD president Neil Giuliano hailed the decision: " [It's] an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television. We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible."

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  1. As great as this is for visibility, it's pretty transparent--this is simply for the ratings they hope to scare up.

    The show included a plus-size model last cycle, and she won (kind of amazingly, if one is to believe that the contest isn't decided from the get-go). I wouldn't be surprised if this girl is intended to last a good long time, either.

    Posted by: Simon | Sep 6, 2008 8:39:06 PM

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