“Trans Is Not A Trend”: Maxim Magnus On Being A Role Model In Fashion for Refinery29
Editor: Georgia Murray
Fashion month, and the industry in general, has serious moves to make before it can call itself truly inclusive. Paris Fashion Week this season felt like a step back in time (arguably the biggest show of the week, Celine, saw just nine models of colour out of a total 96) and there’s a disappointing representation of plus-size models (AW18 saw only 30 models walking across all four cities), but slow progress is being made.
Last season, according to The Fashion Spot, a record 64 transgender women and non-binary models walked in 52 shows. One such model was Belgium-born, London-based Maxim Magnus, who fell into the industry via a friend’s university project and has since starred in a Gucci campaign, and walked for the likes of Alessandra Rich, Paula Knorr and ASAI during fashion month.
Following a whirlwind SS19, we chatted with Maxim about being a role model for the transgender community, starting out in the industry, and dealing with trolls.