Imitation

Trans women are creating their own Vanity Fair covers on social media

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After Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover came out, Laverne Cox wrote a touching blog post, detailing her support for Jenner, while also cautioning against cis-gendered beauty standards for trans women. That post has now sparked somewhat of a movement on Tumblr, where trans women are sharing their own “Vanity Fair covers,” modifying the headline “Call me ….” The trend was started by Crystal Frasier and Jenn Dolari, who urged others to use their template and share their own images to “show the world the myriad faces of the trans community.” “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.” The Tumblr community was very quick to create their own covers, with several of the trans women sharing their own stories and reflections on Jenner’s cover and the subsequent reactions. “I think everybody is happy that Caitlyn is happy,” Frasier said. “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.”

Read the full story at Buzzfeed News.

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