Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A New Wave of Transgender Stars: Trace Lysette, Hari Nef, Rebecca Root, Laverne Cox, Candis Cayne & Kelly van der Veer

Trace Lysette trans actor from Transparent

Transgender Stars of Today

The media in the US and the UK has finally caught up with the value of trans actors and performers. Back in the 1970s and 1980s a transgender character was only to be included if sleaze or corruption was required in the filming project. Thankfully todays world is different. I want to highlight some of the recent transgender performers who have been appearing in mainstream media over the past few years.

Some of these have been highly successful mainstream projects such as Sense 8, Transparent and Orange is the New Black.

Trace Lysette Transgender Actress

First we have Trace Lysette, who has recently appeared in three seasons of the Amazon Transparent  series. In the current series Lysette's character has been open to far more scope than previously, and there is even a hint of romance for her with 'Josh'. She says of 'Shea's situation,  "There is no blueprint for a CIS hetero man who has feelings for a trans woman". I do hope the series creators bring 'Shea' back for the fourth series.

Trace has also appeared in Blunt Talk (2015) , The Curse of the Fuentes Women (2015) and the reality show I am Cait. You can read a new interview with Trace Lysette here. You can also watch all three series of Transparent now on Amazon.

Trace Lysette trans actor from Transparent


Trace Lysette before and after
The Very Beautiful Trace Lysette Before and After

Hari Nef Trans Model/Actress

Hard Nef trans actor from TransparentTransgender model Hari Nef has also recently played a transgender character in the Amazon series Transparent. She played a family member, a 'lost uncle', during the flashback sequences set in Germany in the early 1930s during the rise of the Nazis. The series Transparent seems to imply that there is some family history with crossdressing, one of the female characters in Transparent states, "All of the men in my family want to be women".

Hari Nef also has an established modelling career appearing on the covers of Elle Magazine. She says of herself, " In an ideal world, I wouldn't have to change my body. I wouldn't have to do all this stuff. I wouldn't have to be pretty, or "feminine" and people would respect that." You can read more about Hari Nef here

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Jamie Clayton Makeup Artist & Actress


Jamie Clayton was 19 when she moved to New York to pursue a career as a makeup artist. She exploited her talent by appearing in the VH1 makeover series  'TRANSform Me'. She also become known as the '2nd Most Beautiful Woman in NYC',  by The New York Observer. She has been extremely busy with her acting appearing in the third series of HBOs Hung, a web series Dirty Work and also the TV series Are We There Yet?.


She is perhaps best known for the Netflix produced series Sense8 which she plays Nomi Marks, a trans political blogger and hacker. You can read more about Jamie here.

Rebecca Root Transgender Actress

Rebecca Root famous for her appearance in the BBC comedy series Boy Meets Girl, which so far has run to two series. You can read more about this series here on a previous blog entry of mine. You can also read a full interview with Rebecca Root here . She says of her self "When I get chatted up, I feel like I've achieved something. Feeling just a tiny bit sexy - which I never did as a male."

Laverne Cox Transgender Actress. 

Laverne Cox is a reality television star, producer and LGBT advocate. She is perhaps best known for her role in the hugely successful Orange is the New Black which has spanned four series so far on Netflix. Interestingly there are some pre transition segments within the series which are played by her own real life twin brother M Lamar. 
Laverne can also boast that she is the first openly trans person who has a wax works of her own image at Madame Tussauds. 

In an interview in 2015 Laverne said, "Now I have the money to feminize my face I don't want to. I'm happy that this is the face God gave me. You can read this interview here

Candis Cayne Actress & Performance artist

Candis Cayne  became a performance artist working in New York nightclubs in drag during the 1990s, she began her transition in 1996. She shot to fame acquiring a lead role in the television series Dirty Sexy Money, playing the part of Carmelita.  She also appeared in the reality series I Am Cait. More information about the life of Candis can be found here and there is a piece here well worth reading too.
Candis Cayne pre transition as a teenager.Candis Cayne transgender performer and artist


Kelly van der Veer (Holland)

Kelly Van der Veer is Dutch television personality and Webcam business owner. She transitioned very young having SRS at 19 years old. Kelly initially became known for being a participant on the De Travestiet Show (The Transvestite Show) on Dutch television. She then appeared in the Dutch Big Brother series and then went on to invent her webcam business and pursue a career in music.







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