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This First Black Transgender Model’s Career Is Getting New Life!

This past December, The Cut published a feature story on the first Black transgender model, Tracey “Africa” Norman, who was able to keep her identity a secret for the majority of her career in the ’70s.

When Norman was outed as transgender, her modeling career was never the same. Since The Cut’s article, Norman was profiled by the London Times, attended the GLAAD Awards and was honored by Newark Gay Pride.

Now, at the age of 63, Norman’s career is getting a new life and she has been tapped to be the face of the company which began her modeling career years ago.

READ: The First Black Trans Model Went “Undetected” For Years Until Shit Hit the Fan!

In the ’70s, Norman’s face was on Clairol’s “Born Beautiful” box and unbeknownst to anyone, she was making history.

The company will now feature her to star in their Nice N’ Easy Color As Real You Are campaign.

Clairol’s global associate brand director Heather Carruthers, said in a statement, “We’re honored to bring back Tracey Norman as a woman who no longer has to hide her truth. Her warm, genuine spirit and authentic approach to life make her a natural fit for the campaign.”

Norman says the biggest difference between modeling now and back then is she isn’t as stressed.

“Modeling now is a lot more relaxing. Modeling back in the 1970s was a little tense for me because I was hiding my truth and was betraying myself and getting jobs as a female,” she said in a statement.

“Now, it’s a lot more comfortable for me and I don’t have to hide behind my truth.”

We’re sure the freedom feels good.

Watch Norman tell her story in her Clairol Nice ‘n Easy ad.

 

 

Photo Credit: Refinery29.com

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