Paris Lees Become First Trans Person on the Cover of British Vogue

Journalist and activist Paris Lees has become the first trans women to appear on the cover of British Vogue.

Paris Lees and other women on the cover of British Vogue

Others appearing alongside Lees on the magazine’s cover, which celebrates 100 years since women gained the right to vote in the UK, include: Reni Eddo-Lodge, Women’s Equality Party’s Sophie Walker, artist Gillian Wearing, MP Stella Creasy, blogger Dina Tokio and Gal-Dem magazine founder Liv Little.

Lees thanked the fashion publication for including her on Twitter. “Thank you @Edward_Enninful for including me in @BritishVogue, and this special moment, with these strong, smart and inspiring women,” she wrote.

“As we celebrate 100 years since women have been able to vote in the UK, let’s make sure we’re fighting for ALL women. Our diversity is our strength.”

She also lashed out at Twitter boss Jack Dorsey for the social media platform’s inaction regarding transphobic rhetoric directed at her in the wake of her inclusion on Vogue’s cover, reports BBC.

“I don’t let these people get to me and I’d have crumbled a long time ago if I did but I do encourage anyone who sees people making these discriminatory, hateful, hurtful comments on here to report it to Twitter. It’s about time @jack started taking anti trans hate crime seriously.”

Lees cited the story of trans women April Ashley and Caroline Cossey who both posed for Vogue in 80s, before being outed as trans. “All my life people have told me I’m not a woman,” concluded Lees’ Tweet.

“Thank God times are changing.”

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