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Indya Moore Is The First Trans Person To Grace An Elle Magazine Cover And Her Red Carpet Looks Prove Why

Indya Moore doesn’t have to don a dress to be a legend. They’ve already become a legend and an icon for people of trans experience. The nonbinary actress is now making history as they are the first trans person to grace the cover of Elle Magazine. Moore was born in the Bronx to a Puerto Rican mother and Caribbean father but entered into the foster system when they were young because of at-home transphobia. The miracle of this human isn’t her past–it’s their attitude toward the future.

A relentless advocate for both their black and trans community, Indya Moore deserves a separate book dedicated to the beauty of their soul. But man, their looks are worthy in their own right. Mira.

Indya Moore is serving everyone a face from the gawds with their Elle Magazine cover.

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As the first trans person to ever grace the cover, this is legendary. The historic moment was not lost on Moore who took to Instagram to share their thoughts on the cover.

“We don’t always have access to the tools we need to break wall, break ground & Reconstruct space invading infrastructure that is designed homogenously & exclusively,” Moore wrote. “So many of us use our hands, arms legs & feet, have died in the process too, Just to weaken these infrastructures enough so that people with tools and break them. I am so grateful for them- all the trans and gender non-conforming people who have attacked these walls, chipped and even broke part of and so much the infrastructure down with bare fist and foot. I am so grateful for everyone within the infrastructures who have chosen to listen, watched, stepped out to see the people around these structures that have been marginalized and locked out for having different experiences & have helped to break down these structures of privilege and take that labor from those who die because of a lack of access, and fall short of visibility because of lack of access & safety… There is so much more work to do- so much more listening so much more intentionality, & vindicational work that must be done for marginalized people.”

In a single year, Moore rose to fame with a starring role in FX’s “Pose.”

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Oh, and, in case you missed the drama series of your lifetime, “Pose” Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix! Before “Pose,” Moore hadn’t walked a red carpet.

Her first red carpet look at the premiere of “Pose” was the start of a stunning red carpet career.

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Let’s be real: they look like an actual statuesque goddess sent down from heaven. Their fashion has been A-game since day one. Periodt.

Her latest look at the Met Gala was a stunning masterpiece.

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When the theme is camp, you know the community is going to come through slaying. Slay they did. However, there is a lot of criticism that the gala did not do a good enough job bringing drag queens to the event.

Moore is staying honest and open about their inclusion in this elite world.

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“My favorite part of Monday … was when @obj, reached to me to join community fam in this photo,” Moore wrote. “The gesture made my lil black trans heart squeal in an infinite loop of affirmation and love. Growing up feeling and being excluded from the family things put a lot of weight on my heart over my years growing up. The worse thing to feel is to have a great love and longing for your community but not feel that reciprocity because your queerness/gender variance makes the majority uncomfortable. Being included in this picture as simple and dramatic as this may seem struck a cord on my heart that healed so much.”

This is the look when they won GLAAD’s award for Best Drama Series.

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Forever a winning look, backed by a winning heart, talent and love for life. They are totally owning every red carpet they set foot on. OMG. What an icon.

They even use the red carpet as a way to make bold statements for their community.

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Friendly reminder you can be anything. You can wear enamel pins and buttons on elegant gowns and make it better. Moore shows that it is important that people continue to take a stand for themselves.

This is Moore seeing and supporting black women everywhere.

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“There was only one black woman, amongst the Photographers,” Moore wrote on Instagram. “She was the most special, I was most excited to see her there. Her presence made me feel confident.”

This is Moore when “a nonbinary Wild Vagina bloomed.”

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That’s not your typical pink vagina dress. Leave it to Moore to thank Marsha P Johnson and Boricua Queen Sylvia Rivera for “making this transsexually dreamy moment possible.”

This is Moore making collars sexy.

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Honestly, Moore is not one to play around. They make sure that they sly every time they hit the red carpet. Is there any question now as to why they were cast to be in “Pose” slaying looks every episode.

Here’s Moore and MJ Rodriguez right before their fame got really real.

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Dazzling work. We feel dazzled. This is brown and black trans beauty at its finest. They had no idea what was about to happen to their careers and lives.

Who can forget when Moore was at the Golden Globes changing the power dynamics between the transphobic gaze and trans bodies themselves.

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“Trans bodies are always under scrutiny especially when we show skin. 
This outfit takes over that power dynamic”

Moore is always there to support their trans community.

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“@supa_ines’s work, visibility, expertise and experience made me believe my career was possible,” Moore wrote. “Her greatness is contagious. She is kind, loving, endearing and humble. She was so happy to see me at the res carpet. We celebrated each other. I love you Ines! Welcome to the @imgmodels fam!!”

Moore always looks stunning while wearing their favorite designer, Altuzarra.

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Showing that skin and showing that pride. Moore is becoming a visible and prominent face in the trans community.

Moore has a way of slaying accessories like no other person can.

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That necklace is almost as regal as they are…almost. No one and nothing can match their beauty.

Parachute pants jumper? Obviously, they are going to knock it out of the park.

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Not to mention that that color is everything on them. E V E R Y T H I N G !! Every person wishes that they could look this good in their own parachute pant jumpers.

They are the master of giving us a little bit of shoulder and a lot of fashion inspo.

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It’s no wonder that they’re the face of Louis Vuitton right now. They’re working the poses on and off the screen. This is a major moment for the trans community as more and more trans people succeed in every industry. It is fair and it is just.

Their selfie game is on point!

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Truly, this is what dreams are made of. The way they own a room and a photo with a simple pose and a stunning look is phenomenal.

Moore loves showing the world their acne and empowering people to love their skin unconditionally.

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“hmu trailer,” Moore wrote. “all hair no make up lil breakout. loving my skin unconditional.”

It is so important that people see things like this. No one has perfect skin all the time. Moore showing off their own skin issues is giving people a chance to see themselves represented.

Fortunately, we get to see more looks like this in the near future.

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First thing’s first, watch Season 1 of “Pose” on Netflix ahorita. Indya Moore as Angel is everyone’s character crush of the year.

Tune into Season 2 of “Pose” on FX on June 11.

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The season begins in the early 1980s right after Madonna’s “Vogue” music video release. We’re ready for an ’80s Angel and more of Indya Moore.

READ: Here Are The Most Fabulous And Bizarre Costumes From FX’s “Pose”

Trans Activists Of Color Protested At The CNN/HRC Equality Town Hall And Audience Members Applauded

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Trans Activists Of Color Protested At The CNN/HRC Equality Town Hall And Audience Members Applauded

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CNN and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) hosted a historic town hall last night focusing on issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community. The moderators and presidential candidates tackled topics and hard-hitting issues that have severely impacted the lives of millions of LGBTQ+ Americans. The town hall happened as the Supreme Court is deciding if LGBTQ+ people are deserving of the same discrimination protections as all Americans. Here’s what happened last night.

Texas politician Julián Castro made it clear that religion will not be an excuse for LGBTQ+ discrimination in his administration.

There have numerous attempts by local and state governments to legalize religious discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The bills, often labeled as Religious Freedom bills, have been proposed in North Carolina and Indiana and failed. North Carolina wanted to legislate what bathroom people had to use and Indiana wanted to give religious organizations and business owners the license to outright discriminate against people based on their faith.

“If I’m elected president, the first order of business on January 20, 2021, will be to have a catalog with all of the different executive actions that this president, this administration, has taken, including exemptions that they’ve created or rolled back that has allowed people to discriminate against the LGBTQ, using as the reason their religion, their excuse their religion,” Castro told an audience member who asked how he will stop religious organizations from using their faith to dictate discriminatory laws. “I will go back to what we did in the Obama administration and then take it to the next level to protect the LGBTQ community. I don’t believe that anybody should be bale to discriminate against you because you are a member of the LGBTQ community. I don’t believe that folks should be getting funding if they’re doing that. I don’t believe that in the healthcare context, the housing context, the employment context that people should be able to do that. I support the Equality Act and will work to pass that. When I was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, we did the transgender rule, which as I mentioned, expanded the equal access rule so that transgender individuals can find shelter in a manner that they are comfortable with and in accordance to their preference and that’s what I would do as president.”

Castro’s performance during the LGBTQ+ town hall has received praise from LGBTQ+ people.

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Castro was able to speak about the issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community with an understanding that proves he isn’t going off talking points.

His conversation about faith and the license to discriminate showed his understanding of religion and LGBTQ+ people of faith.

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Castro wants to keep religion from attacking the very LGBTQ+ people of faith who depend on it. For many religious LGBTQ+ people, seeing religious leaders claim that their faith doesn’t accept them is a harsh reality.

Trans women of color let their voices be heard in a town hall that largely ignored them.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg was interrupted when he started his time on the stage. Trans activist Bamby Salcedo and other trans women of color stormed the venue holding trans flag that read “We Are Dying.” The women chanted “We are dying” and “Do something.” Some audience members joined the women in their protest however others jumped up to take the flag away and end the protest.

Anderson Cooper, who was moderating for Buttigieg, spoke up for the women as they were escorted out telling the audience, “Let me just point out, there is a long and proud tradition in history in the gay, lesbian and transgender community of protest and we applaud them for their protest.”

Cooper continued saying, “And they are absolutely right to be angry and upset at the lack of attention, particularly in the media, of the lives of transgender [people].”

Another trans activist, Blossom C Brown, also took on the moderators about the lack of Black trans voices during the town hall.

A lot of the conversation during the town hall focused on issues impacting gay men, trans women, and bisexual people. Many are calling out the town hall for ignoring trans people of color, lesbians, and non-binary people when it comes to health, housing, identity expression, and other issues impacting these communities specifically.

Ashlee Marie Preston, the only trans Black woman in the program, was taken out of the program by CNN so she publicly boycotted the event.

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There was a pretty glaring lack of trans women and men of color during the hours of discussion about LGBTQ+ issues. It is a common complaint within the community as trans women of color have long been ignored and silenced within the LGBTQ+ Rights movement.

READ: After Almost Two Years, Trans Activist Alejandra Barrera Has Been Released From ICE Custody

The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

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The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

Forget Halloween. Each year more and more brands are tapping into the Mexican celebration of the dead, Día de Los Muertos, to target Latinos with their calavera-inspired designs. The Mexican holiday surrounds death, but it’s a time to celebrate life with loved ones, and each year it’s gaining more and more traction in the U.S. 

Celebrated in the U.S. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the holiday tradition calls for the creation of altars to deceased loved ones, decorated with photos, meaningful objects, and their favorite foods said to attract their souls. Petals of bright yellow-orange cempasúchil flowers are used to guide them from the cemetery, according to tradition. This year Nike took up the opportunity to celebrate, with a brand new collection dropping later this month, inspired by “traditional Mexican skeleton graphics.” This isn’t the first time the brand celebrates the Mexican holiday though, a few years back the Swoosh brand released another pair of Cortez’s to pay tribute to the dead on Día de Muertos. 

This latest ‘Día de Muertos’ collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.

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This latest assortment will include the Air Force 1 Low, the Cortez, and the Air Max 95 which are all getting dressed up for the occasion. Each pair will reference the holiday ever-so-slightly with traditional Mexican skeleton graphics featured throughout the design on the upper parts of the shoe as well as on the insoles.  

The Cortez turns black and orange for Day of The Dead 

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The Cortez, is a Nike style Mexican-Americans love to wear, and the sports company picked the iconic design to be part of the Day of the Dead collection. It’s not the first time the Swoosh gets the Mexican-inspired treatment though. As we mentioned earlier, back in 2015 a ‘Day of The Dead’ Nike Cortez was released in honor of the holiday, and the design was a lot more thematic than this year’s minimalist iteration.

Featuring a ‘papel picado’-inspired design on the inside, the stitching of the iconic Swoosh on the upper side of the shoe as well as on the soles, turns bright orange, reminiscent of cempasúchil and candle-lit ofrendas. The shoe is dressed in a nylon and suede floral print and has distinct embroidery on the heel.

The Day of The Dead Air Force 1s Glow in The Dark With Papel Picado-Inspired designs.

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The iconic performance shoes were re-imagined to celebrate the Mexican holiday in the most subtle way. The classic silhouette has an all-white upper body, contrasted by piping in yellow, green, blue, pink and black, and also sports a black heel tab and stitching across the midsole. The best part though is that once the shoe’s in the dark, it reveals a glow-in-the-dark skull papel picado-inspired pattern that is fully reflective throughout the entire upper. It’s to die for!

The Nike Air Max 95 was reimagined for the occasion in muted colors and subtle touches of huichol-style graphics.

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Joining the AF1s and the Cortez, the Nike Air Max 95 will also be a part of the 2019 Day of The Dead Collection. The festive colorway of the Air Max 95 takes on a white mesh upper with the signature layered side panels taking on a textured/crackled leather appearance. The leather side panels are emblazoned with muted ‘Huichol’ or papel picado-inspired graphics to go along with the Mexican theme. The limited-edition shoe also features black leather mudguards, black Swoosh branding, speckled laces, and a black midsole that adds to the look, along with teal detailing on the skull graphic insoles, papel picado-style tongue branding, and translucent outsole.

There are 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. only, and they represent 18% of the country’s spending power— no wonder brands like Nike want to tap into Latino traditions.

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Over the past few years, companies and retailers have made it easier to get into the spirit of the holiday, offering themed apparel, home decor and containers in which to tote goodies. With 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. alone, this demographic represents almost 18 percent of the country’s population and significant spending power, according to Nielsen. In fact, the data analytics company expects its buying power to grow from $1.4 trillion in 2016 to $1.8 trillion by 2021. And that dollar strength isn’t lost on retailers.

‘Dia De Los Muertos’ celebrations run from  November 1st through November 2, and the Nike Air Force 1 will drop at retailers like Sneakersnstuff and nike.com on October 15. Priced at $100 USD, the festive sneakers are the ultimate day-to-day shoe to add to your rotation. The rest of this latest Nike Día de Muertos collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.