5 Days With Bruce Weber | 2014 Spring Summer Campaign for Barneys New York Embracing Transgender

by Peche Di

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I was so happy to be selected to be one of the featured models for this project.  Barneys has dared to develop a spring campaign that integrates transgender men and women into the conventional world of fashion. The world’s leading fashion photographer, Bruce Weber, shot the campaign.  Mr. Weber is known for creating an “all American” feel with his fashion shoots.  This notion fits perfectly with drawing transgender models into Madison Avenue fashion because of their beauty, rather than what makes them different.  In the world of gender identity, all to often the transgender community is either ignored or focused on exclusively because of a preoccupation on what sexual organs they do or do not have.  The Barneys campaign brings a positive focus to transgender issues and accentuates the success stories of the models involved.

Orlando Pita fixed my hair during the photo shoot

Orlando Pita fixed my hair during the photo shoot

The five days of the shoot were wonderful.  Barneys entire approach was first class from the morning of day one to the closing dinner.  Bruce Weber and his staff were remarkable and brought out the very best in me as well as every other model.  His dogs are also amazingly adorable.  The makeup artist James Kaliardos, the hairdresser Orlando Pita and the stylist Alex White were all so talented and professional.  However, what will remain most memorable for me is the time I was able to have taking to and sharing stories with the other transgender models.

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It was so comforting to know that others also share the struggles I face to become accepted as a mainstream model and actress.  Through our collective stories and successes I think we all left the shoot feeling more confident about our opportunities and ourselves.  The attention on the transgender community is moving away from the fascination on their genitals to recognition of the talents, skills and beauty they possess. The journey for transgender men and women will continue, but Barneys and Bruce Webber have moved the focus in the right direction. For that I thank them. I am looking forward to my next opportunity to be included for all the right reasons.  Please don’t forget the “T”.

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Dorothy Palmer, Coco and I in Central Park shot by Bruce Weber 

Dorothy Palmer, Coco and I in Central Park shot by Bruce Weber 

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click to read to full article at  Barneys.com

click to read to full article at Barneys.com

Barneys New York has partnered with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and The LGBT Community Center (The Center) to bring these stories to light.  On February 11, 10% of proceeds from Barneys' flagship stores and Barneys.com will be donated to the two organizations.

New York Passes Protections Laws for Young Models

Celebrating legal protection for young models by PECHE Di

The law was proposed early in June this year from fashion industry leaders, specifically the Model Alliance. The Alliance, a network of models and industry insiders founded by Sara Ziff, has pushed for more rights and legal protection for models, including a model union.

 

 

Model Alliance member and model Coco Rocha, who promoted the bill this week, is thrilled with the vote. “I could not be happier,” she said. “If the Model Alliance never achieves anything else, this was monumental.”

The Department of Labor has posted child model FAQs to their website.

Executive Director of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff

Executive Director of the Model Alliance, Sara Ziff

I was wearing Alexander Mcqueen, leather pants, Versace Belt and Christian Louboutin shoes, Dorothy Palmer was wearing Gucci top, Gucci plants and Gucci belt

I was wearing Alexander Mcqueen, leather pants, Versace Belt and Christian Louboutin shoes, Dorothy Palmer was wearing Gucci top, Gucci plants and Gucci belt

On November 21, 2013 @Spin NYC

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We celebrating new legislation that protect young models. The Model Alliance is a great non profit organization that created by Sara Ziff with notables Coco Rocha and James Scully on their board directors. 

Fascinating to see how model law will affects New York Fashion Week in February 2014. A New York law signed by Andrew Cuomo the governor on Monday is set to increase protections for young models and restrict the use of teenagers on runways, giving them the same protections as minors who act, dance and play music professionally.


The Model Alliance is a nonprofit group that provides models in the American fashion industry a platform to organize for workplace protections. Please go to http://modelalliance.org to find out more.