The latest line from Marco Marco named ‘Collection Seven’ made history for presenting an entirely transgender roster of models at the designer underwear brand’s runway show at New York Fashion Week.
In an interview when asked about the casting, designer Marco Morante said:
“Although I have always had trans and nonbinary people in my shows, it became apparent to me that their presence was often overshadowed by cis gay men or cis gay men in drag. “I wanted to create a space to celebrate trans bodies. This was an opportunity for their presence to be undeniable and reinforce that trans is beautiful.”
Transparent actress Trace Lysette and YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous walked alongside pose stars Dominique Jackson and Angelica Ross. The full cast included 34 models. Geena Rocero, who opened the show, said:
“There’s an ongoing needed conversation of inclusion in the past fashion seasons that borderlines on tokenism, But the real tea is that being trans is not a trend; it is life, beauty and power.”
Trace Lysette said in an interview:
“I flirted with modeling in my early 20s while living in NYC but I had always been shut out because of my curves. I’m too thick for industry standards and not thick enough for plus size. It was nice to be on a runway where none of that mattered and I could let my hourglass be what it is and be confident that the fashion industry is waking up to the many different body types, shades and experiences of this thing we call beauty.”
Check out some photos from the runway below: