Indya Moore Is The First Trans Person To Cover Elle Magazine And Their Story Is Equal Parts Heartbreaking And Inspirational
The breakout TV star opens up about being a sex-trafficking victim and using their role on FX's Pose to teach the world.
I swear on my mama, I've never been more excited about a magazine cover than I am about this one:
Not only does Pose star and runway model Indya Moore look beyond stunning, but they've also become the first trans person (and one of Haitian, Dominican, and Puerto Rican descent, at that!) featured on an ELLE USA cover in the magazine's 34-year history.
The groundbreaking cover story recounts the 24-year-old star's turbulent childhood and adolescence, which included being "overdisciplined" by their parents for expressing their identity and, subsequently, entering the foster system at age 14.
"A lot of times, when parents overdiscipline their children, especially when they’re queer, their intention isn’t to hurt them," the South Bronx native told ELLE. "They think they’re saving their children from harm. But they don’t realize that they’re causing harm, that they’re doing to their kids exactly what they’re afraid of the world doing to them."
Indya also opened up about being sex trafficked, a means through which they could afford hormone replacement therapy. A group of strangers had approached the then-teen on Facebook, promising to "help [Indya] get the money that [they] needed to be a woman."
"They told me that all I had to do was play with these men who will come in for a moment to see me and play with me and then they’ll give me money," Indya divulged. "I didn’t understand what sex trafficking was at the time. The language I knew was that they were, basically, my pimps. I was just a kid."