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Trans Model Hari Nef Is the New Face of Cult Handbag Label Mansur Gavriel



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Today marks a year since Caitlyn Jenner made her Vanity Fair debut and it’s safe to say there’s been a palpable surge in transgender awareness since that groundbreaking cover. Although the Spring 2016 runways and ad campaigns featured disappointingly few transgender models, Caitlyn herself became the face of H&M Sport. This year saw the continued success of TLC’s I am Jazz as well as the renewal of Amazon’s Transparent, both of which boast transgender leads. Plus, just a week ago, Whoopi Goldberg announced her involvement in a reality series centered on transgender models trying to make it in the fashion biz.



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Models who, no doubt, look up to Hari Nef. Today, cult label Mansur Gavriel revealed the model and well-known transgender activist as the star of its first high-profile campaign. Designers Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel have gained a loyal following thanks to their impeccable taste and products — their eponymous bags are constantly selling out. Given their industry know-how, the designers’ choice of Nef is totally unsurprising. After all, the 23-year-old had a year to rival Caitlyn’s: She earned her theater degree from Columbia University, became the first American trans woman to join IMG, walked the runways at Gucci, Hood By Air and H&M, and made her acting debut in the aforementioned Amazon series.



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“We think Hari is very beautiful and were excited to shoot her,” said Rachel and Floriana. “She is real and has great energy.” The sun-drenched, blue-skied photos were shot by sisters Tanya and Zhenya Posternak at Fort Tilden (once, like the brand itself, a well-kept secret). In their bright simplicity, they showcase Nef’s beauty, along with Mansur Gavriel’s latest offerings, the Sun bag and a mini bucket bag in bright cherry red.

Our feelings are mixed: As much as we love Hari, we didn’t need anyone else drawing attention to these already-impossible-to-procure accessories.

[ via the Cut ]