Maxim for the Evening Standard
Transgender campaigner and model Maxim Magnus says “trans is not a trend” and must be properly accepted by society, as she prepares to address the European Parliament on the subject.
The London-based 20-year-old has become a face for the transgender community after being signed as a model by agency Linden Staub. She has shot campaigns for Tom Ford, Stella McCartney and 3.1 Phillip Lim, and has projects in the pipeline with eco-design entrepreneur Livia Firth, wife of actor Colin.
Speaking about her trip to Brussels this month, Magnus said: “I want to talk about what can be done to change legislation. I want to use this platform to speak out for my kind. It’s about acceptance of people. It’s about educating young people.”
Magnus, who grew up in Belgium, told how she was bullied as a teenager “for being me”, and added: “It’s important trans is not seen as a trend. It’s not a subculture.
“I hope designers and magazines want to embrace me as a person and not because I am trans.”