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.”