Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist
A new Spring campaign from Barneys New York – “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters”– features portraits of a diverse set of 17 transgender models alongside personal stories of discrimination, self-acceptance and triumph.
Shot by Bruce Weber, the photographs will run in the Barneys Spring catalog and as advertisements in the New York Times and Vanity Fair. Accompanying interviews between the models and longtime Vanity Fair editor Patricia Bosworth will provide context to the photos, many of which depict transgender individuals surrounded by their family, friends and loved ones.
According to Barneys’ blog The Window, the campaign – which features mostly non-professional models from a range of racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds – hopes to “help break stereotypes and build social acceptance of transgender people.”
From transgender icons such as Candy Darling, Lea T and “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Isis King, to models like Andrej Pejic, Erika Linder and David Chiang who are reshaping public perceptions of gender binaries, the fashion industry has a history of elevating media representations of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.
Check out photos, videos, and biographies from the “Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters” campaign here, and view one of the campaign's preview clips below.