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Transgender woman Loiza Lamers wins Next Top Model Holland

Transgender woman Loiza Lamers wins Next Top Model Holland

A transgender woman has been crowned Holland’s Next Top Model for the first time ever, having been selected for the title on her own merits alone.

20-year-old Loiza Lamers did not disclose that she was transgender when she entered the competition and only went public about it at the start of September when she was one of only thirteen contestants still left in the competition.

Lamers was coached by Dutch stylist Fred van Leer on the show, who told De Telegraaf that he had no idea that Lamers had undergone gender reasignment surgery only two years ago.

‘I’m usually right on, but in Loiza I did not see it at all,’ he told the newspaper.

Lamers said her participation in the reality show had been validating for her when she came out publicly as transgender.

‘I’m really at a point where I can say I am very proud to be transgender,’ she said.

‘For me [being on Next Top Model] is a reward for my transition.’

Lamers is believed to be the first transgender person to win Next Top Model in any of the reality show’s franchises anywhere in the world.

The original America’s Next Top Model was created by Tyra Banks in 2003 and in 2015 it is estimated that people in over 120 countries watch some version of the show.