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Do You Think Caitlyn Jenner is the Only Trans Celebrity Making Waves? Think Again

Carmen Carrera will become the first transgender woman to marry on television. But she’s far more than just another pretty face on reality TV. She’s an elite trans Latina model using her growing celebrity to educate people about what transgender really is. Brilliant.

Because most people still believe trans people are nothing more than their genitalia.

And nothing more than that freakin’ Y chromosome.

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But if you didn’t catch that the first time, she’ll gladly explain it to you in Spanish. *Finger snap*

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*grabs popcorn and refills tea*

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With her celebrity, she is cutting through trans stereotypes, like dating. Trans women are NOT gay.

She gives young people hope that it does get better.

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“In 2013, renowned fashion photographer Steven Meisel’s people got in touch with me. I was shocked and flattered as we discussed his idea of an old-style Hollywood shoot for W magazine,” Carrera told Glamour Magazine UK. “I mean, this is a man who shoots the most beautiful women. And now he wanted me.”

Even her coming out as Carmen was done in a very public way via ABC’s What Would You Do? series.

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She played a waitress coming out to a regular customer who hasn’t seen her since she was Chris.

And she continues to stay visible to no matter what she is doing.

She’s more than just an Elite model. She’s a role model.

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Oh! And she is about to become the first trans person to get married on reality TV on VH1’s Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn.

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Get it, girl.

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