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Hari Nef

Hari Nef, the first trans woman model to be signed to the prestigious IMG modeling agency, has used her public platform to speak out on issues that affect other transgender people. While attending Columbia University, Nef began transitioning and pursuing modeling simultaneously, saying that once she realized the kind of life she wanted, she didn’t want to wait to start living it. In 2014 she began shooting magazine covers and fashion spreads for Frische, Dazed, and i-D. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theater in 2015, the same year she signed to IMG, strutted the runway at New York Fashion Week, began a recurring role on the Amazon hit show Transparent, and was named one of the Forward 50. In 2017 she starred in a L’Oreal television ad, making her their first openly transgender model. While pursuing both her acting and modeling career at a breakneck pace, Nef has also written and lectured extensively on the performance of gender and the discrimination and violence that trans women and girls face either when they fail to meet expectations of femininity or when they succeed.

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Date of Birth
October 21, 1992
Place of Birth
Newton, Massachusetts
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Hari Nef." (Viewed on December 16, 2017) <https://jwa.org/people/nef-hari>.

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