Transgender model Teddy Quinlivan celebrated on social media Tuesday that Chanel Beauty had hired her to front its newest advertising campaign.
Ms. Quinlivan, an American runway model who has walked for Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton, to name a few, shared a video from the beauty campaign on Instagram, which showed her applying Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick in Légende.
“I find I don’t cry anymore when things are sad, but isn’t it interesting when we shed tears in moments of triumph,” the model wrote in a caption accompanying the video. “This was one of those triumphant cry moments for me,” she wrote.
“My whole life has been a fight. From being bullied at school consistently, kids threatening to kill me and going into graphic detail how they were going to do it, my own father beating me and calling me a f——t, to receiving industry blowback after speaking publicly about being sexually assaulted on the job. This was a victory that made all of that s—t worth it.”
Ms. Quinlivan went on to say how pleasantly surprised she was when Chanel decided to keep her after she came out as transgender two years ago.
“I had walked 2 shows for Chanel while I was living in stealth (stealth meaning I hadn’t made my trans identity public yet) and when I came out I knew I’d stop working with some brands, I thought I’d never work with the iconic house of Chanel ever again,” she wrote. “But here I am in Chanel beauty advertising. I am the first openly trans person to work for the house of Chanel and I am deeply humbled and proud to represent my community.”
Ms. Quinlivan, 25, came out as transgender in September 2017 in a move that was widely hailed by the LGBTQ community. She has also appeared in beauty campaigns for brands such as Milk Makeup, Redken, and Maison Margiela Fragrances, InStyle reported.