LSDivas PRESENTS TRACEY ‘AFRICA’ NORMAN FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH!

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Long before Caitlyn Jenner shocked the world when she transitioned from male, Olympic superstar; and before Laverne Cox began giving groundbreaking performances on Orange Is The New Black, Tracey ‘Africa’ Norman was the first Transgender model to be featured in major magazines and score lucrative product endorsements.

In the 1970s, Newark, New Jersey native, Tracey Norman quietly began transitioning after high school. As part of her “training” on becoming more feminine, Norman would pose as a fashion student and sneak into modelling casting calls to watch black models walk and copy their mannerisms. One day, she followed a group of black models into a building in what turned out to be a casting call for Italian Vogue.

Photographer, Irving Penn was ecstatic that he had just discovered the next Beverly Johnson. Tracey ended up working in Italy and Europe for years and even scored major product endorsement deals with Clairol and Ultra Sheen makeup. It wasn’t until many years later that the industry ‘caught on’ and her modelling career abruptly ended. But still stunning in her 60s, Tracey Norman paved the way for Trans women working in film, television and fashion today… Even if they never knew it!

#TraceyAfricaNorman #BlackHistoryMonth

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CONGRATULATIONS, ASHLEY GRAHAM FOR REPPIN’ REAL WOMEN ON YOUR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COVER!

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Finally! We have a Diva on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s popular swimsuit edition who represents the beauty of real women all across the globe. While many say she is the first full figured model to grace the cover, we like to think of her as the first to fully represent what the majority of women’s bodies look like.

Graham has been a force on the fashion scene for some time now. She has modeled everything from skinny jeans to lingerie. But it is her confidence in knowing that regardless of what society tells women they should look like, she is happy, beautiful and healthy just the way she is.

Congratulations, Ashley. And thank you, Sports Illustrated for giving all women a cover model they can look up to!

#AshleyGraham #SportsIllustrated