You may not know her by name, but you would have seen her strutting down major runways, gracing street style blogs or in the main fashion spreads of Vogue, LOVE and Instyle, to name only a few. Teddy Quinlivan is a model of the moment, and hot off the tracks of NYFW has made a personal statement of a hugely political nature.

Between walking ten shows this week (among Monse, Caroline Herrera, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott and Diane Von Furstenberg), the twenty three year old revealed to CNN that she identifies as transgender.  

"I've decided to reveal my trans identity because of the political climate in the world right now - particularly in the United States," Quinlivan told CNN. "We made an amazing progression under the Obama administration, and since the new administration took office there's been a kind of backlash."

Quinlivan was discovered by Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière in 2015, and has walked for fashion powerhouses including Dior and Gucci, among starring in look books for Oscar De La Renta and Marc Jacobs. She transitioned when she was sixteen years old, and since then has been identifying as a cisgender woman. "I was very lucky, because I won the genetic lottery -- I looked a certain way and my voice hadn't dropped. That privilege gave me a lot of confidence to walk down the street, date and (work) in the fashion industry, where people I would presume I was a 'normal' girl." She told CNN.

Regarding potential backlash, Quinlivan explained: "My optimism outweighs the fear." The fashion industry has become increasingly more progressive, celebrating fellow transgender models such as Hari Nef, Andreja Pejić and Buro 24/7 cover girl Hanne Gaby Odiele.

Quinlivan hopes that her story will reach and help people in the trans-community: "I think it's really important to show people that not only am I trans, I'm (also) very successful and good at what I do."

"The fashion industry dictates what's in fashion, what's cool, what's acceptable. It's not just about who's walking fashion shows ... it's about who's on every newsstand in the country. The transgender community needs more visibility. And with more visibility will come more acceptance."

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