On January 30, the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards showcased no less than six transgender women both in its nominations and walking the red carpet - rivalling mega stars like Rachel McAdams and Sofia Vergara for "best dressed". These strong, confident woman really know how to dress for their bodies, but symbolise more than just who they are wearing.
With some major nominations going to trans actors and TV shows such as Orange is the New Black, Transparent and The Danish Girl, Hollywood has well and truly started to recognise the community, telling its stories and generating conversation.
Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox slayed in a crimson Prabal Gurung gown. The transgender star chose a Grecian-style with flowing sashes from the shoulder to the carpet, accentuating her statuesque figure, while commanding the red carpet with a thigh high split showcasing those killer legs. Standing beside her cast members after winning best ensemble. Cox fought back tears and said, “I can’t even believe I’m here”.
Her bestie - and fellow trans actress - Trace Lysette wasn’t going to let Cox have all the spotlight. The Transparent actress chose a purple Mark Zunino custom gown with an equally high split to the thigh. Her dramatic dark blue/purple eye make-up pulled focus to those beautiful blue eyes.
Lysette wrote in an Instagram post: “To share space with my sister Laverne Cox on such an occasion is a blessing. This woman has such a big heart. Trans Gals doing our thing!”
Alexandra Billings brought a touch of Hollywood glamour in a strapless lilac '50s inspired dress with nude heels to elongate her killer legs. Billings posted from the awards on her Instagram, “Blessed. Ready for things to happen. #Transliving #fairytale.”
Singer/songwriter and Transparent writer 'Our Lady J' (above far left) wore Issey Miyake. The blouse/skirt was anything but understated.
Model and actress Hari Nef at just 23 demonstrated both confidence and elegance in her Maison Margiela by John Galliano gown. The Transparent actress spoke at the awards about her duty as role model to the trans community:
“It’s cute for me to be on a TV show or in a magazine, but that’s not saving anybody’s life. Now that we have laid the fundamentals. It’s time to get down to business,” she said.
Nef credits internet platforms such as Tumblr for being able to stay connected to the community.
While accepting his award for 'Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series', Jeffery Tambor (who plays trans woman Maura Pfefferman on Amazon's Transparent) dedicated his award to the “Non-Maura Pfeffermans who don’t have a lot of cash for their operations, for their medicines, for their freedom”.
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