Indya Moore: The first transgender model to grace Elle’s USA cover

11:30 am | Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

In 2016, Elle Magazine’s Brazil and United Kingdom publications featured a transgender person on their covers (Valentina Sampaiao and Hari Nef, respectively). For its June 2019 cover, Elle USA features American actor and model Indya Moore, who is non-binary and prefers to use “they” and “them.”

The 24-year-old, who plays Angel Evangelista in the FX television series “Pose,”  is the first transgender person to grace Elle’s USA cover. Sharing the news via Twitter, she said, “Thank you for having me as your first experience covering a trans person. I know I will not be the last. So excited to see Elle leverage their platform to help other talent of trans xp find visibility, & the safe space to be acknowledged & vulnerable in this powerful way.”

According to The Hill, Moore’s appearance on the cover “came as part of a feature story about the 24-year-old that focuses on, among other things, Moore’s childhood and her entry into the foster system at 14.” After leaving the foster system and becoming homeless, they auditioned for the “Pose” and luckily, were offered the role of Angel. In the feature, Moore also discussed the challenges they faced as a teenager, one of which was being offered money for hormone therapy in exchange for sex.

On the cover, they’re seen wearing Louis Vuitton, a fashion house that truly embraced them as Nicolas Ghesquière not only featured Indya in the luxury brand’s pre-fall 2019 look book—which also included Michelle Williams and Jennifer Connelly—but he also made them host Vuitton’s Paris fashion show.

Via Twitter, Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia also posted a photo of the cover, saying, “For transgender model and star of , survival mode has always been the default. “I don’t know who I am outside of someone who’s just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others,” she told

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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. 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 priviledge 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. ELLE: @elleusa Editor in Chief: Nina Garcia @ninagarcia Photographer: Zoey Grossman @zoeygrossman Stylist: Charles Varenne @charlesvarenne Hair: Hos Hounkpatin @hoshounkpatin Makeup: Vincent Oquendo @makeupvincent Manicure: Marisa Carmichael @marisacarmichael

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thank you @ninagarcia for choosing me to be your cover of june. this is an immense honor. im still taking it in. It's extremely overwhelming. I appreciate you for leaning into me, knowing the future i stand for & by covering me for june- acknowledging the way I utilize my platform to uphold those values & this vision. It's so Revolutionary to have someone like be your cover star. Especially as june approaches i'm thinking about the stone wall anniversary and how many black and brown queer people have died so queerness and gender variant/trans experiences can be humanized. We have come so far and I am so thankful that something about me or my community opened your eyes to us in the ways it has that resulted in my feature. There is still more work to do and everyday, and in nearly every conversation I hold I am thinking about ways to access people who are not systemically marginalized to inform them enough so that the burdeon doesn't always fall on marginalized black brown queer and gender variant peoples backs to free ourselves from chains we did not create. We still have a long way to go. Queerness doesn't seem always ok to exist unless it entertaintains the non queer majority- Gender variant and transness doesn't always seem to be okay when it doesn't entertain the non gendervariant /trans majority and black/brownness doesn't seem to be okay when it isn't entertaining the non black and brown majority. This june- I hold a very personal and special, celebratory pride for my intersectional identities and the ways those who don't or may not share those identity experiences take part in celebrating them too. ELLE: @elleusa Editor in Chief: Nina Garcia @ninagarcia Photographer: Zoey Grossman @zoeygrossman Stylist: Charles Varenne @charlesvarenne Hair: Hos Hounkpatin @hoshounkpatin Makeup: Vincent Oquendo @makeupvincent Manicure: Marisa Carmichael @marisacarmichael

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