Whoopi Goldberg announced on Monday that she’s in the process of producing a reality tv program for the Oxygen channel about transgender models.
“The View” co-host is an executive producer on “Strut,” a series centered on Slay Model Management – the very first modeling agency to represent transgender models exclusively, reported by People.
“This show is important right now, because for all of the positive advances the community has made and continues to make, transgender is still a hot-button word that gets people hysterical,” Goldberg reportedly said in a statement. “People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person, and this series will give viewers a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world.”
The show comes in an important cultural moment for transgender visibility, when trans and gender-nonconforming individuals are being exposed to a wave of anti-queer legislation in Southern states, including North Carolina’s House Bill 2.
Transgender models are not new, however the cultural fascination with transgender individuals are certainly providing them with a far more visible platform. Many other agencies specifically serving trans models have established themselves previously years, including Trans Models agency in NYC.
Carmen Carrera also became one of the most famous trans models on the planet when she transitioned after her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Carrera proceeded to become the subject of a petition to help make her the very first openly trans Victoria’s Secret Angel.
Discussing “Strut,” Goldberg added, “You may even be surprised to discover that you have been seeing and interacting with transgender men and women in ways you didn’t even realize!”
“Strut” is slated to premiere on Oxygen later this year.