Tuesday, February 14, 2017

You Ought To Be In Pictures

I was watching CBS This Morning and they had Laverne Cox on their show, it turns out that she is on a new show and she plays a lawyer.
‘Doubt’ review: Katherine Heigl, Laverne Cox in pioneering drama
News Day
By Verne Gay
February 13, 2017

REVIEW
THE SERIES “Doubt”
WHEN | WHERE Premieres Wednesday at 10 p.m. on CBS/2
GRADE B

WHAT IT’S ABOUT Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) is a workaholic defense attorney who almost believes, word for word, the ideals of her firm’s “lefty” founder, Isaiah Roth (Elliott Gould), who insists that he has always “stood by someone accused so that he or she would not have to stand alone.” Almost, until her feelings for a client, Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale) — accused of killing his girlfriend when both were teens — gets in the way.

Meanwhile, Sadie’s colleague Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill) wants the guy to accept a plea deal, and move on with his life. Another colleague, Tiffany Simon (Dreama Walker), is a newbie, and still learning the Isaiah way. But the firm’s other top attorney, Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox), knows it cold, and knows injustice, too. She’s a self-identified transgender person.

MY SAY The big news with “Doubt” isn’t just reasonably big, but reasonably historic. This is the first prime-time series on a major broadcast network with a transgender person in a leading role playing a trans character. A key word here is “leading” because trans characters in minor roles have also appeared on “Glee” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” while cable (“The Fosters”) and streaming (“Transparent”) have long been in the forefront of trans characters and issues. Cox, of course, was the pioneer on “Orange Is the New Black,” once again the pioneer here.
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Cox’s character, Cameron Wirth, quickly establishes that she was once a man, now a woman, and, with that out of the way, gets down to business. She’s a competent defense attorney, with a brisk courtroom style. That she is a trans person is irrelevant, except that it is not, and during summation for her defendant client, says: “Do we see him, or do we turn away?”
Yahoo TV said,
Why We're Obsessed With 'Doubt'
CBS' new legal drama is getting tons of buzz thanks to its high-profile cast, which includes Katherine Heigl, who is making her return to TV after NBC's State of Affairs failed to generate any traction and was canceled after one season. The show -- which looks to fill the void left by The Good Wife -- also stars Laverne Cox, who after her historic Emmy nomination for her role on Orange Is the New Black is the first transgender actor to land a series regular role on prime-time TV. "I'm so excited," Cox told ET just hours after CBS announced it was picking up the series. Cox will play defense attorney Cameron Wirth, who, according to the actress, is "extremely passionate about her work and has a little bit of a troubled private life." Wirth and her colleagues will defend high-profile clients, with some procedural stories ripped from the headlines.

Doubt premieres Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Then in France we are breaking new ground in the world of modeling…
French Vogue Makes History With First Transgender Cover Model
“This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty,” said the magazine, confirming Valentina Sampaio as its cover star.
Huffington Post Queer Voices
By Rebecca Shapiro
February 14, 2017

For the first time in the magazine’s 97-year history, Vogue Paris put a transgender model on its cover ― Brazil’s Valentina Sampaio.

Sampio appears on the magazine’s March issue, which is the second biggest cover of the year for any fashion magazine. The issue hits newsstands on Feb. 23. The cover’s celebratory headline reads, “Transgender beauty: How they’re shaking up the world.”

“This month we are proud to celebrate transgender beauty and how models like Valentina Sampaio, who is posing for her first ever Vogue cover, are changing the face of fashion and deconstructing prejudice,” Vogue Paris wrote in an Instagram post announcing the cover Monday.
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Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief Emmanuelle Alt wrote on the magazine’s website that she wanted to feature Sampaio solo on the cover because she is “the absolute equal of Gisele, Daria, Edie or Anna,” referring to the modeling industry’s top stars.

“In a post-gendered world which more and more designers are highlighting on their runways, Trans people, the ultimate symbols of a rejection of conformity, are icons that Vogue supports and chooses to celebrate,” Alt added.
Then in Britain…
Meet Talulah-Eve Brown – Britain’s Next Top Model’s first transgender contestant
Metro UK
By Sarah Deen
8 Feb 2017

Glam Talulah-Eve Brown from Birmingham will be the show’s first-ever transgender contestant.
The 22-year-old is the proud holder of the Miss Transgender, Birmingham title, and she believes she can win because ‘there is no one like me’.
A campaigner for trans-rights, she adds that her best feature is her legs, and she doesn’t dislike anything about her body.
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Brown, an event hostess, has previously spoken of abuse she has received because she is transgender, but is adamant that she won’t let it keep her down.

She told PA Real Life in 2015: ‘The level of abuse I get is hurtful, but if I was to report every instance of hate crime I’ve experienced to the police, I would be in court every single day.

‘Instead, I just hold my head up high. There have been times where I could have potentially been beaten up, but I refuse to hide away and let these people see that they’ve upset me.
And then over in India…
India’s first transgender model Anjali Lama makes catwalk debut at Lakme Fashion Week
'I knew even as a child that I didn't like being a boy, wearing those clothes', says fashion star
Independent
By Muneeza Naqvi
February 13, 2017

It was her big moment. Anjali Lama sashayed down the catwalk in the swanky Mumbai auditorium. A fitted, cream dress highlighted her tall, slender frame. Her pulled-back hair showed off her high cheekbones.

Modeling at Lakme Fashion Week often seemed like a dream far beyond her reach, but Lama has become the first transgender woman to model at one of the top events on India's fashion calendar and one sponsored by a top Indian cosmetics brand.

Growing up as the fifth son in a poor farming family in Nepal, Lama didn't dream early in life to be a fashion model. First was the painful struggle to accept that he felt deeply female.
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She felt close to her dream but it continued to elude her. After years of struggling and getting only small gigs in her home country, Lama decided to try her luck in India's massive fashion industry.

“I felt I had to at least try and take a chance.”

And that chance came in December when after two failed auditions she finally made the cut.

“I'm very, very excited. I'm trying to just enjoy this moment,” she said, giggling over the phone. “This is a dream come true.”
I remember Tula, Caroline Cossey who was a model back in the eighties who had a small part in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only” but the time wasn’t right for a trans woman to be in the movies or as a model.

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