Speaking engagement goals at Ivy League Schools
1. Brown University
✓2. Columbia University
3. Cornell University
4. Dartmouth College
5. Harvard University
✓6. University of Pennsylvania
7. Princeton University
✓8. Yale University
How I became a model by being who i am when i met someone new. I became the model for emotional security and that's how i over came emotional & intellectual insecurity
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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.”
LECTURE/TALK TRANS CULTURE THROUGH MEDIA October 19, 2016 (6:30PM – 8:30PM EDT) @transmodelsNYC www.facebook.com/transmodels
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Pêche Di—a model; founder of Trans Models, the first trans modeling agency in New York City; co-founder of Teadate, a transgender relationship dating app, and co-founder of Love For All Foundation. #transmodels #transmodel #teadateapp #transgenderdating #transdating #tgdating #loveforall #luv4all
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.