6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TEDDY

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1. SHE WANTED TO PROVE SHE WAS A GOOD MODEL FIRST

‘I al­ways knew [be­ing trans­gen­der] could get me jobs, but I wanted to prove I was a good model. I was aware peo­ple would look at me dif­fer­ently – they wouldn’t see a beau­ti­ful girl; they would see a beau­ti­ful girl who was born with a pe­nis. I had to put ego aside; I knew com­ing out would change my life.’

2. SHE’S NOT AFRAID TO GO THERE…

‘I don’t know a lot of fa­mous trans women who have come out and openly said they’ve not had bot­tom surgery. I’ve said that. I think peo­ple need to know that – I walked the women’s Prada show, and I did it with a dick.’

3. …AND BARE IT ALL (OR NOT)

‘You’re chang­ing in front of every­one while wear­ing a tiny G-string – I have to per­form wizardry! I still don’t have a pri­vate chang­ing area. I’m the one trans­gen­der girl, and now the oth­ers are just like, “OK girl, you do you!”’

4. BE­ING TRANS­GEN­DER MAKES DAT­ING COM­PLI­CATED

‘When I came out I was so wor­ried I would be com­pletely un­de­sir­able to men. I thought no one would want to kiss me or talk to me any­more. I thought I’d have to pre­pare my­self for lone­li­ness.’

5. NOW IS HER TIME

‘The dif­fer­ence be­tween my gen­er­a­tion and the one be­fore mine is, back then, it was just ac­cepted that straight, white men ran the world. But if you are smart and have some­thing to say, now is the time to stand up and say it. I think that’s go­ing to lib­er­ate so many mi­nori­ties – peo­ple who thought, “I could never do it be­cause I’m trans­gen­der or black” are now go­ing to say, “Fuck it, I can do it.”’

6. FASH­ION NEEDS TO TAKE RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

‘This in­dus­try de­cides what beauty is. So do its cus­tomers. Change hap­pens when peo­ple say, “I’m not stand­ing for this. I’m not go­ing to put my dol­lar in your pocket be­cause you only pro­mote washed-out, skinny white girls.” That said, I am a washed-out, skinny white girl. I just have a twist.’ Teddy Quinlivan fea­tures on the 2O18 ELLE List, pro­duced in as­so­ci­a­tion with theoutnet.com

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