• Lana Wachowski stars in Marc Jacobs new fashion ad campaign. (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Lana Wachowski, who co-directed The Matrix Trilogy, features in a new fashion campaign for designer Marc Jacobs
Drew Sheldrick

8 Jan 2016 - 2:22 PM  UPDATED 8 Jan 2016 - 2:22 PM

The co-director of The Matrix Trilogy, Lana Wachowski, has featured as a model in US fashion designer Marc Jacob's spring 2016 advertising campaign.

The openly gay designer shared the first photo from the campaign featuring Wachowski on his Instagram account yesterday.

"It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign," he wrote.

"Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by [photographer David Sims] in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, 'learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life'."

The image was described by American Vogue this week as a "positive step for transgender visibility, something fashion has embraced on runways and in photo shoots, but less in its commercial advertising".

Wachowski and her brother, Andrew, have been behind films such as Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, and most recently developed Netflix's new sci-fi series, Sense8.

Jacobs said he was first introduced to Lana Wachowski when he watched a speech she gave accepting the US Human Rights Campaign's 2012 Visibility Award (featured above).

Jacobs called the speech "utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery".