These models are doing major things—in the fashion industry and beyond. Here are their inspiring stories. Why you should know her: After a nearly decade-long career modeling for companies like Rimmel London and Hanes, she gave a crazy-inspiring TED talk in March that's since been viewed more than 2. She's also spoken at the White House and at the UN.
Much deserved attention is being paid to a current petition calling for Victoria's Secret to include transgender model and all-around stunner Carmen Carrera in photoshoots, campaigns and even the fashion show, which walks in New York this week. Though it'd be an amazingly bold move for the lingerie brand, it's also unlikely — and would reek of click-bait tokenism anyway. That said, Carrera is far from the only trans model fit for the campy catwalk spectacle. Here's a selection that's by no means exhaustive of other worthy candidates:. Following an appearance on Banks' talk show which is sorely missed , King received gender reassignment surgery. She has since made Out magazine's top and been the face of American Apparel's "Legalize Gay" campaigns.