A Black, Transgender And Disabled Model Gets Her First Magazine Cover

A Black, Transgender And Disabled Model Gets Her First Magazine Cover

Aaron Philip has signed a major magazine cover - from homeless shelter to social media fame; her story is sure to inspire millions.

Aaron Philip, a gender fluid model with cerebral palsy has refused to give let her circumstances define her identity. She has risen from living in a homeless shelter before becoming a disability activist and turned to the internet to spread her message. 

CNN reports that Aaron Philip has now achieved her first major magazine cover. She's already the first black, transgender and disabled model to sign for a leading agency. 



 

Philip is on the cover of Paper magazine for the first of its seven covers this week honoring Pride. The 18-year-old made history when she joined the renowned Elite Model Management in September 2018.

"The fashion industry has only known one type of body, and one type of marketable figure for so long," Philip previously told CNN. "(But) now we're entering this time, and this climate, where all types of bodies want to be pushed forward and celebrated -- not only celebrated, but be seen as desirable and marketable." 



 

This is setting benchmarks for the other transgender individuals who are working to empower themselves. And this comes in the pride month that celebrates gender fluidity. 

Philip credits much of her success to her presence on social media, where she has a combined following of almost 120,000 on Twitter and Instagram. Her rise to fame is often traced to a viral 2017 tweet in which she declared: "honestly when i get scouted/discovered by a modeling agency it's OVER for y'all!"



 

Although she consistently rejects the activist label ("I'm not an activist," she tweeted in December, "I just give a f*** lol."), the Antigua-born model is nonetheless vocal about her high expectations for the industry. 

"There's still a great lack of visibility and attention towards people with disabilities in fashion," she said in the CNN interview. "As of right now, I'm one of two physically disabled models in the entire industry, next to Jillian Mercado. 



 

"It shouldn't be the responsibility of anyone who is marginalized to amplify their voice when there are so many voices that can amplify (it for) them," she added. "But it's just the way of getting to where you need to be. So I'll do it. And hopefully, I'll do it so that other girls in my position don't have to -- they can just live and do their jobs."

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