Italian fashion label Gucci has raised eyebrows by casting a trans woman – as a male model.
Actress and model Hari Nef became Gucci’s first trans model, after signing with modelling agency IMG – home to Gisele Bündchen and Kate Moss.
She walked the catwalk in Milan last week – but some were surprised after she was used in a male fashion shoot.
Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s Creative Director, put the model in a show which paid tribute to gender-fluid fashion – with Nef one of eight female models taking part in a male runway show.
Nef posted pictures of the show to her Instagram page, posing in a stunning all-red outfit complete with cape and hat.
She is far from the first genderfluid fashion model, though – a number of women are now modelling as men.
Jaden Smith was recently named the new face of Louis Vuitton’s womenswear collection – as part of a new generation of models refusing to be defined by traditional gender stereotypes.
Meanwhile, 14-year-old YouTube sensation Brendan Jordan was previously signed to model womenswear for American Apparel.
The teen posted in a tutu and make-up for his range, as just one of the company’s many LGBT models.
A deaf Next Top Model contestant recently shared some basic, gay-friendly sign language – that may come in very useful if you ever lucky enough to meet him.