Gucci is receiving criticism after signing a trans woman as a model but then casting her in a men’s runway show.
Actress and model Hari Nef became the fashion label’s first ever transgender signing after she walked the runway in Milan on 18 January.
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But many questioned why she was walking in the menswear show.
It turns out Nef was not the only woman to appear, she was one of eight females chosen to strut down in head-to-toe looks intended for men.
It was a part of Alessandro Michele‘s vision for gender-fluid fashion.
Last year, Nef became the first transgender model to sign with IMG, the same modeling agency as Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss.
In an article for Lenny Letter, Nef said she had a conversation with IMG’s president, Ivan Bart, before he signed her.
According to him, IMG had passed on transgender models in the past because they were not interested in doing jobs that brought attention to their gender identities. They wanted to be seen as models, not trans models.
‘Give me all those jobs,’ Nef told Bart. ‘I want to work.’