Harper’s Bazaar is featuring not one but two transgender models on its cover for the first time. Tracey Norman, the first black transgender fashion and beauty model in the late ’70s and early ’80s, will be one of two transgender models to cover the India edition of this major fashion magazine. Joining her is transgender Filipina model Geena Rocero — making them, according to art director and executive producer Christopher Sollinger’s research, the first two trans cover models for any Harper’s Bazaar.
Sollinger, the person behind this wonderful idea told to media that he shopped his cover series idea around to multiple imprints of Harper’s Bazaar before Harper’s Bazaar India finally signed on. “India is actually very inclusive of transgender people,” Sollinger said.
When Norman finally got to see her first magazine cover, she cried, “Because it’s what should’ve happened 30 years ago,” Sollinger told to media. “She’s amazing.”
This nine-model cover series also features Muslim model Hind Sahli, 38-year-old Belgian actress Hannelore Knuts, and Korea’s leading model Soo Joo Park. Former Victoria secret model Tyra Banks is the biggest name among the cover models.
Thankfully, Norman and Rocero aren’t the first trans models to make a magazine cover. In 2014, Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, and Janet Mock joined Rocero on Candy magazine’s all trans cover. Cox was also the first transgender woman to be on the cover of Time. In 2015, Andreja Pejic became the first trans woman to appear in the pages of Vogue, and of course there’s Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover.