Oxygen will soon be airing a new television show about the lives of transgender models titled Strut. Whoopi Goldberg is the executive producer of the series, which follows a group of "driven and determined models who are pursuing their passion of becoming household names in the world of fashion, while challenging stereotypes of gender and beauty." All of this is possible thanks to Slay Model Management, the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency.
In a press release, Goldberg stated that "this show is important right now because for all of the positive advances the community has made and continues to make, transgender is still a hot-button word that gets people hysterical... People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person, and this series will give viewers a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world. You may even be surprised to discover that you have been seeing and interacting with transgender men and women in ways you didn’t even realize!”
Rod Aissa, Oxygen’s EVP of original programming and development, said that the models are "inspiring and resilient trailblazers who are working to change the modeling industry, and the world around them, by simply being true to themselves. These individuals will empower viewers as they live their lives fully and unapologetically, despite facing many obstacles throughout their journey."
We can't wait to watch what's certainly going to be a groundbreaking show, and will be sure to share more details about the program as soon as we receive updates. (With America's Next Top Model stuck in limbo, this is exactly what we need right now.) Strut is expected to make its grand premiere sometime this year.