A petition has been circulating on Change.org asking Victoria’s Secret to bring on Carmen Carrera as the first trans Angel. So far, close to 40,000 people have signed.
Carmen first came to fame as a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and has since transitioned and found big time success as a model, television personality, and LGBT advocate.
Marco Regalado, author of the petition, explained why he believes Carmen has what it takes to be the first trans model for the major lingerie brand. He wrote in the petition, “Victoria's Secret Angels push the barriers whether it’s on the runway or in photo shoots -- and that's just what Carmen does! She's a force to be reckoned with and deserves to walk the same runway as legends like Gisele and Heidi Klum.”
If Victoria’s Secret signed Carmen as an Angel (meaning a spokesperson and model), the impact would extend beyond her own career by sending a message nationwide. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Carmen mentioned European models Andrej Pejic and Lea T as examples of trans women successfully rocking it in the fashion industry. The article also points out that while Isis King (originally of America’s Next Top Model fame) has hit it big in the entertainment world, the vast majority of powerhouse mainstream brands with Victoria’s Secret status have yet to become trans-inclusive.
Featuring Carmen “The Body Beautiful” Carrera would demonstrate that trans people are every bit as talented, capable, professional, and beautiful inside and out as everyone else in fashion and beyond. This notion especially seems to have been the inspiration behind the Change.org campaign.
The petition reads: “By asking Carmen to be a model, Victoria's Secret would show the entire community that they embrace trans patrons. There are so many prejudices toward the trans community, even within the LGBT community, and many trans individuals are not seen as real people. To see a transgender model walk would show that trans women are to be taken seriously and that Angels are selected because of their character and talent. As a brand, Victoria's Secret should feel comfortable marketing towards ALL types of women.”
And Carmen’s completely on board—to accomplish her own goals, but also to inspire trans folk. She told The Daily Beast, “Once you get to that point of finally realizing who you are and be strong enough to live it, anything is possible. I want to walk the Victoria's Secret show. I want to walk all the shows all over the world I want to be on Maxim’s 100. I want to make People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Those are my goals. Because I feel like trans people need a positive representation and if I have that opportunity now, in my youth, right now, I'm going to take it. I'm going to go for it because who knows who's watching me.”
Sign the petition today to get Victoria’s Secret to join the ranks of trans inclusive brands like American Apparel and Miss Universe! What better time than right now, during Trans Awareness Week (#TransWk)?