Germany’s Next Top Model has cast two transgender contestants.
Melina Budde and Giuliana Radermacher will be competing on the show’s 12th cycle.
They are part of the final 50 and will have to impress head juror Heidi Klum to fully enter the competition.
If Melina and Giuliana master the first catwalk, they’ll jet off towards the Côte d’Azur and board a cruise ship for their next challenges.
‘As a little child I already knew something wasn’t quite right with me,’ Giuliana told German tabloid BILD.
‘When I was in kindergarten, I often played with girls and had barbies. And I preferred wearing girls’ clothes. When I was seven or eight years, I told my mother I’d rather want to be a girl.’
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Giuliana’s mom was supportive of her daughter and took her to the doctor so she could start her transition.
Melina’s mother has also been supportive.
‘My mum told me I could be everything,’ Melina writes on her Instagram profile.
‘So I became everything.’
The model and make-up artist says she’s taking part in the competition to challenge stereotypes.
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‘I’m here to show that clichés are overrated,’ she said.
‘And [to show] that the first impression is often deceiving.’
It’s not the first time Germany’s Next Top Model has a trans contestant.
In 2015, Iranian-born model Pari Roehi walked down the runway, but the judges eliminated her in the third round.
Germany’s Next Top Model starts on Thursday (9 February) at 20:15 on ProSieben.