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Isis King was a contestant during Cycle 11 of ANTM.
Isis was the first trans woman to compete on America’s Next Top Model and became one of the most visible transgender people on television to date.
Originally from Prince George’s County, Maryland, Isis was assigned male at birth, under the name of Darrell Walls. She has stated that “mentally [and] everything else, [she] was born female.” She has also stated that people might refer to her as transgender or transsexual, but she prefers the phrase “born in the wrong body.”
Isis came out as ‘gay’ in high school, although she felt that the word ‘gay’ was not an accurate representation for his/her orientation. In 2007, King appeared in an MSNBC special, titled “Born In The Wrong Body,” which documented the lives of transgender teens from across the United States. As a “pre-operative” trans woman, Isis began hormone replacement therapy in the summer of 2007 as part of her transitioning process.
Isis hoped to have sex reassignment surgery as soon as possible, so recognizing her strong plea, Tyra Banks arranged for her to have sexual reassignment surgery by Dr. Marci Bowers. According to Isis’ Facebook page, the surgery was conducted on February 27, 2009 and was successful.
Isis has an associate degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. In the past, she has worked as a receptionist at a hair salon and as a program assistant for a nonprofit organization.
Isis was living at the Ali Forney Transitional Living Program when she learned about an upcoming photo shoot for Cycle 10 of ANTM. The shoot’s theme was the issue of homeless youth, and homeless women would be used as background models in conjunction with the Reciprocity Foundation, which works to move homeless and high-risk youth into careers in the “creativity economy.” King asked art director, Jay Manuel, whether she could be accepted, as a girl “born in the wrong body,” if she were to audition as a contestant for ANTM. ANTM host and producer Tyra Banks said later that she had her staff search out King to encourage her to audition based on her stellar performance in the photo shoot. She became one of fourteen finalists for Cycle 11 of the competitive reality show. She placed tenth overall.
i bought a hilarious grey wig on ebay (it’s a cosplay wig!!!) and now i want to wear it all the time. why can’t i just have grey hairs coming out of my head naturally or chemically without my real hair falling out?
does this just look like that really bleached out blonde in this photo? if so, it’s really not accurate. the wig’s actually pretty dark grey.
can we please just all be prematurely old and have beautiful gray hairs like these? thanks~* ♥
michael, this is what i ate for lunch: hummus with an unknown, spicy red pepper-ish sauce. it’s from my dining hall and all i really eat nowadays.
does my hand look ~*~cute~*~ in this pic, or what?
aw, other otherwise-unclassifiable gender babes, andrew your hand is ~*~*adorable~*~* at this very moment
also i’d really like some hummus but all i have in my apartment is oatmeal.
“ I’M NOT SURE ABOUT FACELIFTS, BECAUSE I WOULDN’T WANT TO BE SOMEONE WHO LOOKS LIKE SHE’S JUST HAD A FACELIFT. ”
Nigella Lawson (via fuckyeahnigellalawson)