September 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm EST | by Mariah Cooper
Marco Marco casts all transgender models for historic fashion show

Gigi Gorgeous walking in the Marco Marco fashion show. (Photo via @gigigorgeous/ Instagram)

Underwear designer Marco Marco made history during its Collection Seven show at New York Fashion Week which featured only transgender models.

Mic.com reports that 34 models took the runway including some familiar faces. YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous, “Pose” stars Domonique Jackson and Angelica Ross, activist Carmen Carrera, model Laith Ashley and “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette all worked the runway.

Designer Marco Morante told Mic.com that he wanted his show to make a statement focused solely on transgender beauty.

“Although I have always had trans and non-binary people in my shows, it became apparent to me that their presence was often overshadowed by cis gay men or cis gay men in drag,” Morante said. “I wanted to create a space to celebrate trans bodies. This was an opportunity for their presence to be undeniable and reinforce that trans is beautiful.”

Laverne Cox was at the show and penned an Instagram post that reflected on how monumental the show was.

“When I started #TransIsBeautiful 3 years ago I wanted it to be a way for trans folks to celebrate what makes us uniquely and beautifully trans. It wasn’t about how cis we can look but rather about celebrating those things about us that are uniquely and beautifully trans. The #marcomarcoshow last night which featured a cast or all trans models feels like yet another fulfillment of the empowerment of trans beauty this hashtag is meant to celebrate and engender,” Cox writes.

 

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When I started #TransIsBeautiful 3 years ago I wanted it to be a way for trans folks to celebrate what makes us uniquely and beautifully trans. It wasn’t about how cis we can look but rather about celebrating those things about us that are uniquely and beautifully trans. The #marcomarcoshow last night which featured a cast or all trans models feels like yet another fulfillment of the empowerment of trans beauty this hashtag is meant to celebrate and engender. Thank you to everyone who has used this hashtag to empower yourselves and each other. Congratulations to everyone in the historic Marco Marco Show last night. #TransIsBeautiful Regrann from @faymeproblems – Last night was full of so much love and so much beauty. @geenarocero @ariscestocrat @tracelysette @gigigorgeous @dominiquet.a.r.jackson @alionsfear @thelinabradford @steroidbeyonce @laith_ashley @angelicaross @leeummmm @theofficial_amarijayce @carmen_carrera @ftmmuscle @hansongobron @marcomarcounderwear #nyfw #transgender #transisbeautiful #lgbt #marcomarco #nyfw2018 #lgbtq #marcomarcoshow – #regrann

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Check out more photos and video from the show below.

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