The Huffington Post
October 31, 2012

Isis King shot to fame -- and consequently became voice for transgender women -- when she competed in cycle 11 of hit reality TV show "America's Next Top Model." As the show's first trans competitor, King's brought mainstream attention to transgender issues, including the transitioning process and LGBT homelessness (King was in assisted living before the show), as the model openly shared her story with fellow contestants and the judges.

In June, American Apparel featured King as their model for its Pride 2012 campaign, making King the first openly trans woman to pose for the company. As an activist, King said on The Tyra Banks Show, "God doesn't make mistakes, and I'm not a mistake. This is the way I am."