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Geena Rocero          

Transgender Model and Advocate; Founder of Gender Proud

Growing up in a little alley in Manila, Philippines, Geena knew that she was different from her childhood friends. At a young age, she told her mom that her gender assignment at birth did not fit her.

Via a random encounter during a town fiesta at the age of fifteen, a pageant manager approached her to join a beauty contest. This opportunity led her to the world of TransWomen Beauty Pageant in the Philippines. As a young teenager, she then became one of the most prominent figures in the Trans Beauty Pageant world.

Geena emigrated to San Francisco in 2001. She worked in cosmetics sales while studying psychology. In 2005, she moved to New York City in order to pursue a modeling career. She was quickly signed with Next Models, one of the most prominent agencies in the world and worked with Rimmel Cosmetics, Hanes, and many other fashion/beauty companies.

Through her own experience into womanhood and working as a professional model, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty in the transgender community.

After she “came out” to the entire world in her viral 2014 TED Talk, she founded Gender Proud, a non-profit dedicated to elevating transgender visibility. Gender Proud is currently advocating for more progressive gender marker policy around the world.

Geena currently tours the country as speaker, focusing on the urgent need for transgender equality.

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My Transgender Journey From The Philippines To New York Runways

... The Courage To Be Yourself. Geena Rocero Headshot. Geena Rocero ... Click here to watch Geena's TEDTalk. This story begins on a beach in Tulum, Mexico ...

Model: Why I came out as transgender - CNN.com

Geena Rocero says the world needs to be open to a fluid conception of gender and more understanding for individuals.

Reflecting on Bruce Jenner's journey - CNN Video

Successful model Geena Rocero went through her own gender transition when she was just 19, and weighs in on what Bruce Jenner might be going through ...

Transgender Model Geena Rocero on Being a Mentor and Helping ...

Geena Rocero feels beautiful and she wants transgender youth to feel the same ... “I was given the opportunity to express myself,” Rocero tells ETonline, “and ...

Transgender Model Geena Rocero Reveals She Used to Bleach ...

Geena Rocero has been open about her journey of being a transgender model, and although being genuine about who she is was a struggle in itself, there ...

Tracey Africa and Geena Rocero Cover Harper's Bazaar

Tracey Africa Norman and Geena Rocero make cover history.

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