1. Laverne Cox recently began a dialogue on her Tumblr concerning the beauty standards surrounding trans women in light of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover.
2. “It is important to note that these standards are also informed by race, class and ability among other intersections. I have always been aware that I can never represent all trans people. No one or two or three trans people can,” wrote Cox.
5. The #MyVanityFairCover hashtag was a collaboration between Frasier and her roommate Jenn Dolari, who tweeted this after seeing Jenner’s cover:
“It just sort of clicked that we hadn’t seen many people care about minority trans women who don’t fit a very set definition of attractive, or trans women from poor backgrounds who struggled with long, difficult transitions, or trans women who don’t pass,” Frasier told BuzzFeed News.
“Now there are two more images of what transition means, from two people who didn’t have Jenner’s experience or resources. Mine is a frumpy Mexican from San Antonio who could never afford surgery. The other went through terrible hardships to get where she was today,” added Dolari.
6. Frasier and Dolari urged others to use their template and share their own images to “show the world the myriad faces of the trans community.”
“Originally, we were just hoping other trans women would take it as a sign of solidarity and a reminder that we all have value, but we’re happy that it speaks to trans men and non-binary folks too,” Frasier said of the template idea.
“These are stories I want to see out there. To let the public know that we are worthy of our own covers, our own articles, our own stories,” Dolari concluded.
7. Tumblr users didn’t hesitate to create their very own cover images.
9. Noëlle writes, “I certainly don’t feel like I deserve a Vanity Fair cover, but I’m putting this up here anyway because that’s the whole point, isn’t it?”
I’ve seen a couple of these pass my dash at this point, and almost all of them have been photos of women who, at least in my opinion, do adhere to white, cisnormative beauty standards. So I decided to go as far from that as I could. I’m not wearing any makeup. I haven’t shaved in two days or showered since yesterday. My glasses need cleaning and I have mosquito bites on my face. My hair is frizzy, I have dark circles around my eyes, my eyebrows are thick, and I’m pretty sure my head is actually just an eggplant. (And apparently my laptop’s built-in camera is terrible.)
I certainly don’t feel like I deserve a Vanity Fair cover, but I’m putting this up here anyway because that’s the whole point, isn’t it?
15. “Call me Connie.”
“I think everybody is happy that Caitlyn is happy,” Frasier concluded. “This is in no way any kind of critique on her life or choices, but this is a great moment to remind everyone — especially trans kids who might be taking in a message that their worth is based around their ability to look white and cisnormative — that trans people come in a huge variety and we all deserve love, attention, and understanding.”
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