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Welcome back to Hi Femme!, dapperQ’s sibling visibility project celebrating the incredible contributions that stylish femmes make to queer fashion. This edition, we’re featuring Peche Di, a model, activist, fashion videographer and entrepreneur. Pêche came to the US in 2010 to study English and film at NYU. As a fashion model, some of Pêche’s career highlights include being photographed by Bruce Weber and Mariano Vivanco for Barneys’ Campaign and the cover of Candy Magazine respectively. Her latest venture is Trans Models New York, the city’s first transgender modeling agency. In a short time, Trans Models has been featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Time Out NY, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Refinery 29, NBC, and across many other elite publications and outlets worldwide. Under her guidance, Pêche seeks to turn a burgeoning agency into an industry leader and to carve out a more inclusive space for transgender people worldwide. She recently co-founded Teadate application, a transgender relationship dating app www.teadateapp.com.
In 2017, Pêche graced the cover of New York Times and listed in Forbes magazine 30 under 30 Art & Style, Immigrant, and Celebrity sections.
“Modeling was the natural next step for me”, says Peche Di, Vogue Model, makeup artist, muse, and fashion debutant. Entering the hectic world of NYC just four years ago, Modeling seemed to be the obvious choice after winning strings of beauty pageants. “The interesting thing about transforming a dream into reality is that it takes you someplace very different than you originally imagined. “ says Di, with a wise tone to her words. “This is perhaps my Salvador Dalí year. Dalí continually extended one form of art into another. He was a painter, sculptor, filmmaker, photographer...the common thread in these various forms of art is that they allowed him to unleash his individuality. For me, 2015 is the year where I would like to continue my progression.” says Di. Peche was not only one of the glowing models on the cover of Candy Magazine alongside trailblazers Janet Mock and Laverne Cox, she was also involved with the Barney’s Campaign last year, which featured exclusively trans models posing alongside their mentors and life inspirations. Before you can finish turning your head at her on the runway, you can find Peche sinking her teeth into a number of other expressions. “Like Dalí, I’ve been working behind the camera also. I’m becoming an accomplished videographer and photographer. I also try and keep my blog up-to-date at Pechenyc.com,” she says. “Through determination and hard work you will not only realize your dreams, you can exceed them. The path of life is filled with dreaming, extending yourself... But the only way to go down that path is to start.”
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Bio: Pêche Di is a model, activist, fashion videographer and entrepreneur. Pêche came to the US in 2010 to study English and film at NYU. As a fashion model, some of Pêche’s career highlights include being photographed by Bruce Weber and Mariano Vivanco for Barneys’ Campaign and the cover of Candy Magazine respectively. Her latest venture is Trans Models New York, the city’s first transgender modeling agency. In a relatively short time Trans Models has been featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Time Out NY, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Times, Refinery 29, NBC, and across many other elite publications and outlets worldwide. Under her guidance, Pêche seeks to turn a burgeoning agency into an industry leader and to carve out a more inclusive space for transgender people worldwide
LEARN THE STORY BEHIND THE WORLD’S FIRST TRANS MODELING AGENCY
The world’s first NYC transgender modelling agency was opened this March by Peche Di, a NYU graduate & former Thai beauty queen. Based in New York City, Trans Models was created, not only to expose unabridged talent, but to also break away negative connotations that plague the trans community. Mere months after the creation of Trans Models, 19 models had signed up. With people like Peche Di, Laith Ashley de la Cruz & Vikki Le, the agency continues to grow & expand outside of the local community.
Breathing success, the models are being considered to appear at New York Fashion week. Not only that, Trans Models has already done shoots for agencies such as Budweiser & Smirnoff – even having consultations ongoing for an upcoming reality-TV series. Cecilio Asuncion, director of the LA branch, has also shown interest in showcasing the agency in Big Brand companies like Gap, Old Navy & Banana Republic.
“If you have a trans woman pushing a cart looking so happy that she’s buying dishwashing liquid — because, you know, everyone’s happy buying dishwashing liquid — who cares what gender they are? Who cares? Why should that be an issue?” said Asuncion. “I want the Gaps. I want the Old Navy’s. I want the Banana Republics — just because it’s commercial work and that’s more mainstream,”
Apple Model Management’s mission is ‘let’s move on. Let’s make you into the best models you can possibly be.’ “It’s really about their commitment,” he said in a later interview. “It’s really like going to work without having to feel that you have to hide.”
On Saturday, hundreds of aspiring leaders gathered at the Omni Hotel for the eighth annual Women’s Leadership Initiative conference.
The conference brought over 60 speakers to discuss and showcase all aspects of female leadership. This year’s theme, “W.E. Women,” was both a “declaration of the female strength, independence and agency that women find in themselves and in each other,” as well as a reinforcement of “the collaborative nature of female empowerment,” according to a promotional pamphlet.
Conference chair Yelena Gankin ’17 started the day’s events by welcoming old and new faces with her opening remarks. Gankin described the conference as “a large conversation on leadership, gender and progress,” as well as “a networking opportunity between alumni, Yale students, women from across the world and conference speakers.”
This year represented a new direction for the conference. Gankin said that in the past, the WLI conference focused on “traditional success” — like the achievements of CEOs and finance and law executives — which too narrowly defines family leadership. She added that this year’s events sought to create a more engaging and inclusive conversation about women’s leadership.
Following Gankin’s opening remarks, keynote speaker Emilie Aries — founder and CEO of the innovative training organization for women, Bossed Up — delivered an energetic address about life and work as a woman in the modern economy. Providing women leaders in the room with advice on how to craft a successful and sustainable career, Aries’ message especially targeted college-age audience members.
Citing studies in the social sciences, her own original research and personal experience, Aries shed light on the often troubling realties women, especially women of color, face in the modern workplace. Pointing to gender gaps in leadership that “haven’t budged for 25 years,” Aries characterized the biases affecting women as much less overt than that in generations past and, for this reason, often more difficult to tackle.
To combat these challenges, Aries suggested tactics the budding female leader could practice to promote wellness and fulfillment. By abandoning a “martyrdom mindset,” prioritizing personal purpose over perception and learning how to be effectively assertive, Aries said women can find sustainable success in spite of the prejudice they face.
After the opening keynote address, attendees broke up into a broad array of forums on topics relevant to women leaders. Covering everything from female leadership in STEM to the meaning of gender, these forums hosted prominent professionals from a variety of fields, including the lead specialist on reproductive health at the World Bank, a comedian and writer for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and the chief drama critic and entertainment writer for the New York Post.
Later in the seven-hour event was a lunch and second keynote address, given by Jessica O’Connell, executive director of EMILY’s List, an influential political action committee that works to elect pro-choice Democratic female candidates to office. O’Connell joined EMILY’s List from the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank and advocacy organization where O’Connell worked as a senior vice president and the chief of staff. Having also served on the senior team for Hillary Clinton’s LAW ’73 2008 presidential campaign, O’Connell’s talk focused on her storied experience in the political realm.
Of particular note was the conference’s first transgender speaker, Peche Di, a Taiwanese model and founder of New York City’s only transgender modeling agency. Launched in May 2015, Trans Models has already received a great deal of attention in the media, with The Atlantic, The New York Times and Forbes each writing pieces on the agency.
According to Kendall Schmidt ’19 — moderator of the “Overcoming Gender Obstacles” panel at which Di spoke — the inclusion of a transgender woman in the conference reflected its commitment to being as welcoming and diverse as possible.
“I think this conference is a big step for WLI, especially because we had our first transgender speaker, and I think that is a direction we really need to be moving in,” said Schmidt. “We can’t just be focusing on cisgender women and the obstacles they face because, as feminists, we need to focus on all feminist communities, which includes disabled people, the LGBT community and gender non-binary people as well.”
This year also marked the first time non-Yale students attended the conference. With strong turnouts from Brown, Harvard, Suffolk, Quinnipiac and the Ivey Business School in Ontario, the conference successfully expanded the reach of its conversation.
The conference was also attended by a number of Yale faculty and alumni, many of whom are members of WLI. Among these attendees, molecular, cellular and developmental biology professor Valerie Horsley said she was impressed by how inspiring and well-organized the day was. She was particularly interested in certain ideas surrounding diversity she heard during the first panel she attended.
“All of the panelists really emphasized that having a diverse workforce is excellence, and that excellence is diversity,” she said. “It’s a great way for getting people on board for diversity, but also makes the organization or university stronger.”
The conference ended at 4 p.m. with a coffee and networking session.
WLI was founded in 2006 by five Yale undergraduate women to create a formal mentorship program to support women leaders at Yale.
本人曰く「シャイ」らしいが、個性やキャラクターは濃い。そんな彼女こそ、ニューヨーク初のトランスジェンダー専門のモデル事務所「Trans Models（トランス・モデルズ）」の創始者、Peche Di（ペチィ・ディ、自身もトランスジェンダーで、生まれの性は男性）である。
ポートフォリオには、業界で名の知れたハイファッション・フォトグラファーたちと仕事をしてきた経験や、雑誌『L’Officiel』『Teen Vogue』『Candy magazine』、Barneys NYでキャンペーンモデルを務めたことを明示。通常、これだけ経験があれば、どこかしらの事務所には引っかかると言われている。しかし、だ。「なぜ、私じゃダメなのか。何が足りないのか」を問うも「無視された。電話を掛け直すって言ったきり、二度と連絡はない」という。
「誰も私のことを理解してくれない」。怒りとフラストレーションを起点に「トランスジェンダーによるトランスジェンダーモデルのためのモデル事務所を作りたい」と一念発起。 ルームメイトをはじめ、周りには「あんた留学生でしょ？ビザは？頭おかしくなったんじゃないの？」と、散々言われるも、「思いついてしまった以上、成し遂げないとならない使命みたいなものを感じた」とペチィはいう。「TransModels.com」のドメインを取得し、2015年3月「Trans Models」を創業した。
Peche Di, photo via Peche Di
photo via Peche Di
Trans Models, photo via Peche Di
- Transgender model Peche Di, 26, founded the Trans Models in May
- Peche, who was born in Bangkok, moved toNew York in 2010
- She now has 19 models - 10 men and nine women - on her books
Transgender models are becoming more and more accepted on the catwalks and glossy magazine pages of the fashion world - and now, they have their own New York agency.
When transgender model Peche Di moved to New York City from Thailand in 2010 and began making waves on the fashion scene, she went about trying to get signed by a modelling agency - to no avail. But now, the 26-year-old is running her own agency, just for people like her.
'I went to Ford Models and Women Management and I didn’t really get accepted that well,' Peche told Refinery29. 'They wouldn’t want to represent me...[and] they didn’t really tell me why, they just disappeared. I didn’t get a call back.'
Paving the way: Founded in May by Peche Di (center), 26, Trans Models is the first modelling agency in New York to cater exclusively to transgender talent
Making the move: Peche Di moved to New York City from Thailand in 2010 and found trouble finding an agent to represent her, despite having worked on several high-profile projects
Despite having worked with big names like Teen Vogue and Barney's and having been snapped by the likes of Bruce Weber, Peche still couldn't get signed with an agent. But, it was that lack of opportunity that finally motivated her to solve the problem herself.
In December 2014, Peche, who was born Pitchadapha Phasi in Bangkok, was approached by the New York Times to be interviewed as part of a story about transgender models and, as English was not her first language, she enlisted the help of her friend Roi to prepare.
As the two were conversing, Peche confessed her dream of one day running an agency specifically for representing trans models, a dream that Roi insisted she run with immediately.
With that support behind her, the model bought the domain name for TransModels.com and shortly after, in May this year, made the business official by filing the papers at the county clerk's office downtown. The agency is only the third of its kind in the country.
Just months later, Peche's venture has signed 19 models - 10 men and nine women - as well as several stylists and make-up artists.
One of those models is Laith Ashley De La Cruz, 26, a trans man with over 36,000 Instagram followers and a resume that includes the likes of i-D magazine and Barneys’ Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters campaign. He also spends some of his time working at New York’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.
Looking ahead: Peche (pictured) is currently planning an an all-trans fashion show for New York Fashion Week in February 2016
Insta-stud: One of Trans Models' big names is Laith Ashley De La Cruz, 26, a trans man with 36,000 Instagram followers and experience modelling for Barney's and i-D magazine
Fighting: Vikki Le, 26, a model from Vietnam who signed with Trans Models in July claims that opportunities for transgender models in the industry is 'very limited'
Another trans male success on the books at Peche's agency is Dezjorn Gauthier from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who has also modeled for Barneys in their New York Campaign with Bruce Weber and has been published in magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Although several of the models have landed beauty campaigns on their own, many of the trans men and women on Peche's roster also include activists, artists and filmmakers with impressive credentials.
Tiq Milan from New York, a writer who has been published in The New York Times, Ebony and BET, is another addition toTransModels.com'sMale' roster.
Brooklyn-based Allex Knight, 27, who was born as Baptist Reverend's daughter, is still going through his physical transition with the help of donations and works as an associate producer in the TV industry.
Rhyan Hamilton, 22, from Monterey, California, is one of the more recognizable names on the trans-woman roster and who, in fact, competed as a male contestant on America’s Next Top Model in 2013, but found the pressure to act masculine too much, eventually quitting the show after the first episode. She began her transition shortly after.
The family: Mere months after inking the papers on her new company, Peche has signed 19 models - 10 men and 9 women - to her agency
Versatile talents: Allex Knight, 27, from Brooklyn works as an associate producer in the TV industry when he isn't modelling
Brains to back it up: Tiq Milan, one of the agency's signings, is also a writer and activist who has been published in Ebony, BT and The New York Times
'I never thought I’d model again,' she told The Atlantic. 'Then Trans Models reached out to me, and now I’m having this second wave of modeling, but this time as my authentic self as a trans woman.'
The agency works with several photographers includingKreerath, Mikey Asanin and Hadriel Gonzalez as well as trans make-up artist Torraty Singanipar.
There are two other transgender modelling agencies in the United States so far, one in Boise, Idaho, called Transcendence Icon and Apple Model Management in Los Angeles - a branch of a Thai agency.
Though some mainstream agencies are beginning to take on trans models, and the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox bringing awareness to them, things are still 'very limited'.
Vikki Le, 26, a model from Vietnam who signed with the agency in July added: 'It’s like back in the ’80s when they had one black model on every runway and that’s it.'
But with the progress so far, Peche is hoping that she and her agency's talent can give trans a huge leap forward in the public conscience within a year. In fact, she is currently planning an all-trans fashion show for New York Fashion Week in February 2016.
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Kelle Carbone is a 4 year old New Jersey native. By day, he works as a teacher’s aide in a middle school special education classroom. Education is his true passion; he aspires to become a certified special education teacher. He is also a graduate student at Rutgers University where he studies gender, sexuality, and disability. His current research aims to develop and implement a modified sexual education curriculum for students with special needs. Kelle hopes that his experience working with Trans Models NYC will give him the exposure necessary to reach those who are struggling with their identities, to spread awareness for the transgender community, and provide insight on the transmasculine experience. Kelle ultimately wants to challenge and redefine what it means to be a “real man”
Devyn Orozco is an aspiring model, self-thought photographer, and artist. Currently signed with Trans Models NY. Devyn has an extraordinary fashion forward look. She is very energetic, silly, and loves to laugh. She was born in 1997 January 7th at Summit, New Jersey. Devyn was raised in Naranjo, Costa Rica for most of her childhood and was brought back to the United States when she turned 11. She was discovered when she was 14 years old, by Jarrid Jones; fashion photographer, actor, artistic director, and writer.
Devyn then started working as a freelance model since 2011. Two years after, she came out to her mother as trans, and started her transition to become her authentic self. Devyn's mother had a very difficult time accepting her son coming out as a transgender female, although over the time she came along, and is very supportive of Devyn.
Devyn went to Chatham High school, Nj. During Devyn's high school career, she was part of the GSA club, where she was an activist for the LGBT community. Devyn's goal was to show everyone that being yourself is a beautiful thing. During her sophomore year, she started a project called "Chatham High School GSA Interviews" where she interviewed known names in the fashion industry to raise awareness for the LGBT community. Devyn puts 100% into everything she does, weather it be her modeling, drawings, or photography. She truly believes that positive energy is the key to success.