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Welcome back to Hi Femme!, dapperQ’s sibling visibility project celebrating the incredible contributions that stylish femmes make to queer fashion. This edition, we’re featuring Peche Di, a model, activist, fashion videographer and entrepreneur. Pêche came to the US in 2010 to study English and film at NYU. As a fashion model, some of Pêche’s career highlights include being photographed by Bruce Weber and Mariano Vivanco for Barneys’ Campaign and the cover of Candy Magazine respectively. Her latest venture is Trans Models New York, the city’s first transgender modeling agency. In a short time, Trans Models has been featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Time Out NY, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Times, Forbes, Refinery 29, NBC, and across many other elite publications and outlets worldwide. Under her guidance, Pêche seeks to turn a burgeoning agency into an industry leader and to carve out a more inclusive space for transgender people worldwide. She recently co-founded Teadate application, a transgender relationship dating app www.teadateapp.com.

In 2017, Pêche graced the cover of New York Times and listed in Forbes magazine 30 under 30 Art & Style, Immigrant, and Celebrity sections.

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Pêche Di: www.transmodels.com

 BioPêche Di is a model, activist, fashion videographer and entrepreneur. Pêche came to the US in 2010 to study English and film at NYU. As a fashion model, some of Pêche’s career highlights include being photographed by Bruce Weber and Mariano Vivanco for Barneys’ Campaign and the cover of Candy Magazine respectively. Her latest venture is Trans Models New York, the city’s first transgender modeling agency. In a relatively short time Trans Models has been featured in The Atlantic, Forbes, Time Out NY, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, New York Times, Refinery 29, NBC, and across many other elite publications and outlets worldwide. Under her guidance, Pêche seeks to turn a burgeoning agency into an industry leader and to carve out a more inclusive space for transgender people worldwide

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「いろんな人が着るんだから、いろんなモデルがいていいじゃない」。トランスジェンダーモデル専門のモデル事務所「Trans Models」

 

 

きれいなロングの巻き髪を弾ませ、横乳がチラチラ見えるセクシーなアウトフィットで彼女はやってきた。イケイケの見た目とは裏腹に「風邪をこじらせちゃって。今日は靴の中に唐辛子を入れているの」という古風さ。おばあちゃんの知恵袋か。

本人曰く「シャイ」らしいが、個性やキャラクターは濃い。そんな彼女こそ、ニューヨーク初のトランスジェンダー専門のモデル事務所「Trans Models(トランス・モデルズ)」の創始者、Peche Di(ペチィ・ディ、自身もトランスジェンダーで、生まれの性は男性)である。
創設は2015年3月。当時はまだ、ニューヨーク大学の学生、正確には「留学生」だったという。

Peche Di, photo via Peche Di

 

 

「私の何がダメなの?」自身の苦悩が原点

 大学在学中は学業の傍ら、モデルとしての可能性にも挑戦してきた。母国タイでは、数々のビューティーコンテストで優勝してきた実績を持つも、ニューヨークでは「どのモデル事務所にも断られてきた」と語る。
 ポートフォリオには、業界で名の知れたハイファッション・フォトグラファーたちと仕事をしてきた経験や、雑誌『L’Officiel』『Teen Vogue』『Candy magazine』、Barneys NYでキャンペーンモデルを務めたことを明示。通常、これだけ経験があれば、どこかしらの事務所には引っかかると言われている。しかし、だ。「なぜ、私じゃダメなのか。何が足りないのか」を問うも「無視された。電話を掛け直すって言ったきり、二度と連絡はない」という。

 モデル業界でのトランスジェンダーの雇用は低い。さらに、「トランスジェンダーの中でもアジア系が選ばれる確率は最下位ね。ニーズは、やっぱり白人が一番高くて、次に黒人、ヒスパニック、そして、たまにアジア系って感じよ」と、状況の厳しさを語る。

「誰も私のことを理解してくれない」。怒りとフラストレーションを起点に「トランスジェンダーによるトランスジェンダーモデルのためのモデル事務所を作りたい」と一念発起。 ルームメイトをはじめ、周りには「あんた留学生でしょ?ビザは?頭おかしくなったんじゃないの?」と、散々言われるも、「思いついてしまった以上、成し遂げないとならない使命みたいなものを感じた」とペチィはいう。「TransModels.com」のドメインを取得し、2015年3月「Trans Models」を創業した。

 


Peche Di, photo via Peche Di


 

 

ファッション業界のトレンド「ノージェンダー」の影響は、いかに?

 創業のタイミングは、とてもよかった、と語る。世間の「トランスジェンダー」に対する理解が高まりつつあった時期だったからだ。
 トランスジェンダーのモデル、通称「トランスモデル」は、いまやファッション業界の新星的存在だ。トップメゾンで活躍するオーストラリア人モデルのアンドレア・ペジックや、世界最大手のモデルエージェンシーIMGに所属するハリ・ネフなど、トランスモデルは現代のファッション業界で注目の存在となりつつある。 

 


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 また、近年のファッション業界のトレンド「No Gender(ノージェンダー)」も、「性別にとらわれない価値観」が芽生えたという意味では、大きな一歩だと話す。一方、トランスジェンダーのモデルの雇用が増えたか、については「いまのところ(雇用が増える)可能性が開けた程度」だそうだ。
 2月のNYFW(ニューヨーク・ファッションウィーク)の手応えとしては、「ユニセックスなアイテムが着れる、男性の体を持った女性モデルからチャンスが増えている」と語る。女性から男性へ性転換したトランスモデルについては「まだまだ、厳しい」。 
    
「そもそも、メンズ、ウィメンズとファッションに性別分けが存在していること自体に違和感」と語るペチィ。「だって、男性服を買うのは、男性だけじゃないでしょ。女性や、トランスジェンダーの私だって買うわ。女性服についても同じことが言えるわよね。だったら、女性向けブランドだからといって、ランウェイに立つモデルも、カラダが生まれつき女性の女性モデルだけ、というのは可笑しな話だと思うの」
 いろんな人が着るのだから、ランウェイにだっていろんなモデルがいていいはず。その信念が、彼女を突き動かしている。

 

 

16歳までは男子校に通った学生時代

 生まれも育ちもタイの首都バンコク。土地柄、カミングアウトや性転換に関しては、他国に比べれば「しがらみは少ない」と話す。だが、イジメや誹謗中傷は「もちろんあった」。  
 小学校から高校まで男子校、15歳の頃からはミリタリースクールにも通った。「みんなと様子が違う、という理由で悪口を言われたけれど、私、運動神経が良かったから。『喧嘩じゃ負けないわよ』って威嚇したりして」と笑う。

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 16歳からエストロゲン(ステロイドホルモンの一種。通称”女性ホルモン”)を摂取。カラダが少しずつ自分らしく、つまり女性らしくなるにつれ「自分に自信が持てるようになった」。高校卒業後はキャバレーダンサーとして働き、ビューティーコンテストに出場するように。「優勝したり、しなかったり」と、当時からモデルや表現者としての素質は高かった。
「コンテストが私の向上心に火をつけたの」。2010年に学生ビザを取得し、ニューヨーク大学に入学。両親には「英語を勉強したいから」と伝えたが、一番の目的は「ニューヨークで開催されるトランスジェンダーのミス・コンテストに出たかったから」。渡米1ヶ月後に行われた、同コンテストで、ペチィは見事優勝。21歳の時だった。

受け入れてもらえなくても、「ファッション」が好きだった

 


Trans Models, photo via Peche Di

 

 彼女曰く、「フェアじゃない」「信じている人に突然裏切られた」なんて話は「トランスジェンダーの間じゃ、茶飯事よ」。上述の通り、ペチィ自身も、どのモデル事務所にも所属できなかった辛い過去がある。それでも「ファッションの仕事」が好きなのだ。

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 そういう人がニューヨークには、たくさんいる。「私たちはトランスジェンダーだからって諦めなきゃいけないの?」。いや、そんなことはない、と確信する彼女は「信用し合い、手を取り合うことの大切さ」を説く。Trans Modelsは専属モデルだけでなく、メイクアップアーティストやスタイリストもトランスジェンダーだ。「本当に信用できる仲間がいるだけで、どれだけ心強いか。才能のある人たちが、本領を発揮できるように」という想いと、三本の矢の教えのごとく「一人じゃ太刀打ちできない壁も、結束すれば超えられる」という信念。たとえ茨の道でもやりたい道を選ぶ。しなやかな反骨精神で、華麗に未来を切り開いてくれるに違いない。

 

 

 

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Leading the runway revolution: Meet the male and female models signed to New York's first transgender fashion agency

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  • Transgender model Peche Di, 26, founded the Trans Models in May
  • Peche, who was born in Bangkok, moved toNew York in 2010
  • She now has 19 models - 10 men and nine women - on her books
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Pêche Di for Teen Vogue

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Transgender models are becoming more and more accepted on the catwalks and glossy magazine pages of the fashion world - and now, they have their own New York agency.

When transgender model Peche Di moved to New York City from Thailand in 2010 and began making waves on the fashion scene, she went about trying to get signed by a modelling agency - to no avail. But now, the 26-year-old is running her own agency, just for people like her.

'I went to Ford Models and Women Management and I didn’t really get accepted that well,' Peche told Refinery29. 'They wouldn’t want to represent me...[and] they didn’t really tell me why, they just disappeared. I didn’t get a call back.' 

Paving the way: Founded in May by Peche Di (center), 26, Trans Models is the first modelling agency in New York to cater exclusively to transgender talent

Making the move: Peche Di moved to New York City from Thailand in 2010 and found trouble finding an agent to represent her, despite having worked on several high-profile projects

Despite having worked with big names like Teen Vogue and Barney's and having been snapped by the likes of Bruce Weber, Peche still couldn't get signed with an agent. But, it was that lack of opportunity that finally motivated her to solve the problem herself.

In December 2014, Peche, who was born Pitchadapha Phasi in Bangkok, was approached by the New York Times to be interviewed as part of a story about transgender models and, as English was not her first language, she enlisted the help of her friend Roi to prepare.

As the two were conversing, Peche confessed her dream of one day running an agency specifically for representing trans models, a dream that Roi insisted she run with immediately.

With that support behind her, the model bought the domain name for TransModels.com and shortly after, in May this year, made the business official by filing the papers at the county clerk's office downtown. The agency is only the third of its kind in the country.

Just months later, Peche's venture has signed 19 models - 10 men and nine women - as well as several stylists and make-up artists.

One of those models is Laith Ashley De La Cruz, 26, a trans man with over 36,000 Instagram followers and a resume that includes the likes of i-D magazine and Barneys’ Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters campaign. He also spends some of his time working at New York’s Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

Looking ahead: Peche (pictured) is currently planning an an all-trans fashion show for New York Fashion Week in February 2016

Insta-stud: One of Trans Models' big names is Laith Ashley De La Cruz, 26, a trans man with 36,000 Instagram followers and experience modelling for Barney's and i-D magazine

Fighting: Vikki Le, 26, a model from Vietnam who signed with Trans Models in July claims that opportunities for transgender models in the industry is 'very limited'

Another trans male success on the books at Peche's agency is Dezjorn Gauthier from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who has also modeled for Barneys in their New York Campaign with Bruce Weber and has been published in magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Although several of the models have landed beauty campaigns on their own, many of the trans men and women on Peche's roster also include activists, artists and filmmakers with impressive credentials. 
Tiq Milan from New York, a writer who has been published in The New York Times, Ebony and BET, is another addition toTransModels.com'sMale' roster. 

Brooklyn-based Allex Knight, 27, who was born as Baptist Reverend's daughter, is still going through his physical transition with the help of donations and works as an associate producer in the TV industry. 
Rhyan Hamilton, 22, from Monterey, California, is one of the more recognizable names on the trans-woman roster and who, in fact, competed as a male contestant on America’s Next Top Model in 2013, but found the pressure to act masculine too much, eventually quitting the show after the first episode. She began her transition shortly after. 

The family: Mere months after inking the papers on her new company, Peche has signed 19 models - 10 men and 9 women - to her agency

Versatile talents: Allex Knight, 27, from Brooklyn works as an associate producer in the TV industry when he isn't modelling

Brains to back it up: Tiq Milan, one of the agency's signings, is also a writer and activist who has been published in Ebony, BT and The New York Times

'I never thought I’d model again,' she told The Atlantic. 'Then Trans Models reached out to me, and now I’m having this second wave of modeling, but this time as my authentic self as a trans woman.' 
The agency works with several photographers includingKreerathMikey Asanin and Hadriel Gonzalez as well as trans make-up artist Torraty Singanipar

There are two other transgender modelling agencies in the United States so far, one in Boise, Idaho, called Transcendence Icon and Apple Model Management in Los Angeles - a branch of a Thai agency.
Though some mainstream agencies are beginning to take on trans models, and the likes of Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox bringing awareness to them, things are still 'very limited'. 

Vikki Le, 26, a model from Vietnam who signed with the agency in July added: 'It’s like back in the ’80s when they had one black model on every runway and that’s it.'

But with the progress so far, Peche is hoping that she and her agency's talent can give trans a huge leap forward in the public conscience within a year. In fact, she is currently planning an all-trans fashion show for New York Fashion Week in February 2016.

Devyn Orozco | Trans Models New York

Devyn Orozco is an aspiring model, self-thought photographer, and artist. Currently signed with Trans Models NY. Devyn has an extraordinary fashion forward look. She is very energetic, silly, and loves to laugh. She was born in 1997 January 7th at Summit, New Jersey. Devyn was raised in Naranjo, Costa Rica for most of her childhood and was brought back to the United States when she turned 11.  She was discovered when she was 14 years old, by Jarrid Jones; fashion photographer, actor, artistic director, and writer. 

 

Devyn then started working as a freelance model  since 2011. Two years after, she came out to her mother as trans, and started her transition to become her authentic self. Devyn's mother had a very difficult time accepting her son coming out as a transgender female, although over the time she came along, and is very supportive of Devyn. 

 

Devyn went to Chatham High school, Nj. During Devyn's high school career, she was part of the GSA club, where she was an activist for the LGBT community. Devyn's goal was to show everyone that being yourself is a beautiful thing. During her sophomore year, she started a project called "Chatham High School GSA Interviews" where she interviewed known names in the fashion industry to raise awareness for the LGBT community.  Devyn puts 100% into everything she does, weather it be her modeling, drawings, or photography. She truly believes that positive energy is the key to success.