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Hunter Schafer is a multi-hy­phen­ate—just not the kind you’d ex­pect. The 19-year-old model es­chews the typ­i­cal model/DJ or model/ac­tress moniker in favour of model/de­signer/artist/ac­tivist. Schafer, whose long limbs and preter­nat­u­ral grace evoke a young Grace Kelly, iden­ti­fies as trans­gen­der and was one of the lead­ing voices against North Carolina’s in­fa­mous “bath­room bill,” which for­bade trans­gen­der peo­ple from us­ing the wash­room that cor­re­sponds with their gen­der iden­tity, when she was still in high school. Signed by Elite in July 2017, Schafer has done shoots for CR Fash­ion Book and W and walked the Spring 2018 run­ways for R13, Ver­sus and Helmut Lang, and her shad­owy comics have been fea­tured on the teen web­site Rookie. Schafer’s great­est qual­ity as a model is her mu­ta­bil­ity: She can morph from a moody ’70s teen à la Dazed and Con­fused to a vampy Hitch­cock blond with a sin­gle swipe of eye­liner. Schafer may be poised to be­come the next big face in mod­el­ling, but she hasn’t for­got­ten the com­mu­nity from which she hails: In an In­sta­gram post from March, she pinned much of the suc­cess she’s had on her abil­ity to “pass” as a cis­gen­der woman and put out a hearty call for de­sign­ers to em­brace more trans-femme and gen­der-non­con­form­ing mod­els in sea­sons to come.

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