A Record Number of Trans and Nonbinary Models Debut at Prada


MILAN, ITALY 22 SEPTEMBER A model walks the runway at the Prada fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear SpringSummer 2023 on September 22, 2022 in Milan, Italy Photo by Daniele VenturelliwireImage

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Prada sets trends like Serena Williams sets – with effort, of course, but also with a divine power that was last seen in Delphi. And it’s not just the clothes – the novelty also extends to the models from Prada, who, with the help of hair maestro Guido Palau and make-up royal Pat McGrath, become avatars of The New Cool, often launching their careers in the process. Past models who made their debut on the Prada runway include supes like Karolina Kurkova, Sasha Pivovarova and Gemma Ward, along with current style icons like Lineisy Monteiro and Anok Yai. (Even Behati Prinsloo got her start in 2006 with a Prada push.)

The brand took its newbie obsession even further when Simons joined the brand as Co-Creative Director in 2020 and he and Mrs. Prada cast runway newbies throughout their Spring 2021 debut show. (The pendulum swung back in 2022, as OG legends like Liya Kebede and Erin O’Conn0r swept past social media goddesses Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner, not to mention a clandestine appearance by Jeff Goldblum at the men’s show last January. )

That brings us to the now—fall 2022 IRL, leap 2023 in fashionland—giving us a Prada catwalk locked and laden for revolution. Here’s an introduction to Prada’s latest runway debuts; Notably, the brand cast several trans women and non-binary models. Get to know their names and powerstars now, and get ready to see many (and many, many) more of them on your Insta feed this season.

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If you’re Extremely Online™, you might recognize doll-faced trans influencer Katy Grammatikopoulou, aka Katy Gramma, from her YouTube videos, including the viral Pantene series Hair Has No Gender. Here she looks stunning on her very first catwalk and a bit like Sharon Tate in it Valley of the Dolls.

This Nigerian teenager was spotted in Lagos last year. Less than a year later, she made her catwalk debut for one of the biggest fashion brands in the world. no big

Can the Bubble Fringe return to the peak of its 2006 supremacy? It could be thanks to Ji ShuYan, the brand new model from Shanghai, who made her very first runway appearance in Milan wearing this perfect mini dress. Exciting!

This plant-based fan is making his second appearance at Prada after walking on Simon’s and Mrs. Prada’s show two years ago and hosting the campaign for this collection. She is also a fashion columnist, writing regularly on the intersection of gender and beauty. They hail from Hokkaido and are featured frequently by our sister publication in Tokyo.

It turns out this writer and artist has been practicing wearing those Prada lashes for a while. The Finnish creative is also the soul in Love, Rebecca, the self-proclaimed “young trans drag queen” from Scandinavia, whose signature look is a black feathered eye.

This Prada exclusive is an Amsterdam gallery hopper who frequently shares art essays on her Instagram, and is also a trans-pride activist. (And she got to wear some very cute Mary Janes. Well done Bella!)

Represent the Midwest! After signing with a modeling agency in Chicago, Pifer went viral on TikTok for speaking out about trans rights in today’s very divided America. Now she’s an official Prada face — but still pretty standard online, which we love.

We love an educated fashion professional! This Dominican model was not only a Prada runway debut, but also a recent graduate of the Instituto Politécnico Loyola, an engineering school in San Cristobal that also offers English and French language programs. (Which should help in Paris next week.)

If you love Swedish teen drama, you probably already know this Scandinavian TV rising star. If not, meet C. Boy Ewald, the young blond genius currently starring in Haber you kom godt hjemwhich is Swedish for “I hope you got home safe” (Think 13 reasons why, with more salted liquorice.)

A graduate of Warsaw University, Alin is a non-binary actor, artist and welder! (Sorry, Zoolander, but your Blue Steel doesn’t go with a super-cool Polish model who can bend real steel.) They were the final model at Prada’s Spring 2023 show, which makes them officially a must-see… and officially a badass, of course .

Is this the second coming of Lara Stone? This blonde American was a head-turner at Prada – her very first show in Milan – which is a pretty big deal considering she only graduated from high school 4 months ago. (Congratulations, Colin!) She’s also a vocal advocate for transgender rights and writes regularly about her own journey to helping other children and their families.

It’s not Mia Farrow! It’s Celeste Fitzpatrick, a 20-year-old from Belfast who, to be honest, seems like a very nice, totally laid-back girl. (Don’t let the spider lashes fool you?)

She’s studying fashion in Amsterdam, but this college student is also an athletics star with the Jacchalzen Run Pack, a Dutch club team. Wonder if she counts this Prada runway (her first) as part of her daily step count?

What do Gigi Hadid and this Belgian newcomer have in common? Actually two things. Both had big catwalk moments at Prada (Gigi 2019, Noor this week) and both played elite volleyball before becoming fashionistas – Gigi in California and Noor with a club team in Grimbergen.

We couldn’t get past this pic of a tiny kitten on Lieke’s Instagram because it’s that good, but we’re also very impressed that this Dutch teenager can walk her first Prada catwalk while handling Pat McGrath’s incredible lash sculpts and doing it like that looks easy.

She’s lived in Argentina and Brazil, but this model waited until she was 11,811 kilometers from home to walk a runway. (It was Prada, so that seems to be the case very wise decision.)

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