Remembering Ajita Wilson: A Transgender Woman of Many Firsts

Thirty years ago it was practically unheard of for a major African American publication and an African American trans woman to work together. That is unless you're JET Magazine and Ajita Wilson.  Wilson, a transgender woman who completed her transition in the mid 1970s, was an actress with an international cult following for her work in foreign films.

She would later become a JET Beauty of the Week, appearing in the magazine's 1981 August 20th issue. Her status as a transgender woman was not acknowledged until after her death in 1987.

(h/t Monica Roberts at TransGriot 

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