Transgender model catwalks to glory

Transgender model steals fashion show

Patricia Araujo wears a creation by Complexo B during the Fashion Rio Show in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes

Patricia Araujo wears a creation by Complexo B during the Fashion Rio Show in Rio de Janeiro, Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Ricardo Moraes)

The Associated Press is reporting that transgender fashion model and adult film actress, Patricia Araujo, stole the show when she received a standing ovation as she traipsed down the runway in the showstopper. As seen in the photo, she is drop-dead gorgeous and passes quite well, which leads me to believe she has been out as a transwoman for a while, as the audience recognized her a as “transwoman Patricia Araujo.” The designer Beto Neves, of the fashion house Complexo B, poised Araujo to be the star of the Rio de Janeiro show because she is different and wanted to surprise his audience. 

In other news, I will be presenting alongside Rebecca Lehman at the University of Cincinnati’s first ever diversity conference. The workshop is titled “Including Intersecting Identities,” and Rebecca and I will discuss how colleges and universities can better meet the needs of individual’s intersecting identities.

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