Lili Elbe, Cristina Ortíz “La Veneno”, Hunter Schafer and other trans women who have conquered the entertainment world

Each one in her generation set a precedent in the entertainment world (Photos: Instagram/@colect_trans23/@lavenenoficial/@hunterschafer)
Each one in her generation set a precedent in the entertainment world (Photos: Instagram/@colect_trans23/@lavenenoficial/@hunterschafer)

Although many years ago the idea that a transsexual or transgender woman could succeed in the world of entertainment was something impossible, things have revolutionized and with it the demand of the public that consumes entertainment projects now not only demands representation LGBT+ in music, movies, series or soap operas, but they have also verified the great talent that they can have.

On the way to International Women’s Day, here we present a series of artists who have triumphed in branches such as singing, composition, acting, modeling, painting, the world of fashion and others, and have raised her representation through her great talent, charisma, interpretation and even in a direct or indirect way the support in the existing advances of other trans women in everyday life.

She was a well-known painter (Photo: Instagram/@colect_trans23)
She was a well-known painter (Photo: Instagram/@colect_trans23)

You cannot begin to talk about trans women without mentioning the first -documented- in the history of humanity. Lili Elbewho surely people who do not belong to the diversity community can locate by having their life recorded in the seventh art with the film The Danish Girlwas not only the first known person to undergo sex reassignment surgery, but also to have been a very successful artist.

Without yet having made her move, she met Gerda Wegener at the Copenhagen Art School (Kunstakademiet), and they married in 1904. Both worked as illustrators. lili specialized in landscape paintings while Gerda did the same with illustrated books and fashion magazines.

The artist inspired the film "The Danish Girl" (Photo: Instagram/@colect_trans23)
The artist inspired the movie “The Danish Girl” (Photo: Instagram/@colect_trans23)

Although the story of how she discovered that she was a woman is still one of the favorites among members of the community, the other side of the coin is talking about the great talent she had and continues to pursue her, so she is not only considered the first person to transition, but also the first trans painter in human history.

In addition, she is also considered one of the pioneers in the foray into the world of modeling knowing that she was a transsexual woman. Although much of her artistic work has been forgotten over time, her story was also captured in books and documentaries. Lili Elbe she died in surgery at the age of 49 when she wanted to implant a uterus in order to have children.

She was born on May 30, 1926 (Photo: Twitter/@worldtransger)
She was born on May 30, 1926 (Photo: Twitter/@worldtransger)

Christine Jorgenson has a special connection with Lili Elbe, because although The Danish Girl opened the way for them in this race, the American he was also the first transgender person to have had successful sex reassignment surgery. Although the world also remembers her because she served in the United States Army during World War II and returned from Europe already being herself and fully identifying with her body, this led her to the cover of the New YorkDaily News in 1952: “Ex-soldier becomes blonde beauty!” was the incorrect headline that the newspaper gave her at that time, however she was more than that.

This was the unfortunate cover (Photo: Twitter/@worldtransger)
This was the unfortunate cover (Photo: Twitter/@worldtransger)

In addition to model, became an instant celebrity, using her fame to champion trans people. Jorgensen worked as actress and artist cabaret and recorded several songs. In 1970 his life was brought to the big screen in the film The Christine Jorgensen Storyby director Irving Rapper, basing the script on his autobiography, played by actor John Hansen as its leading man.

Caroline Tula Cossey was the first trans model to pose for the magazine "PLAYBOY"(Photo: Twitter/@maximijhj)
Caroline Tula Cossey was the first trans model to pose for “PLAY BOY” magazine (Photo: Twitter/@maximijhj)

Caroline Tula Cossey He began his change at the age of 17. He came to work as a model for several fashion magazines, She was the Bond girl in 1981 in the movie For your Eyes Only and was the cover of Playboybeing a complete success for the time in which he did it since she was the first trans woman to do so. Time after a British newspaper News of the World revealed his “condition”, under another pretentious headline and that he undoubtedly sought to end his career: “The Bond girl was a boy”. Years later, he confessed that at that moment suicide crossed his mind, but fortunately he decided to go ahead, he published the book I am a woman and fought to change the laws that did not want to consider her for what she was, a woman.

The cause of his death is unknown (Photo: Instagram/@lavenenoficial)
The cause of his death is unknown (Photo: Instagram/@lavenenoficial)

Cristina Ortiz Without a doubt, he is one of the nascent icons in the LGBT + community because in recent years his story has unfortunately gone viral due to his controversial and mysterious death, which was captured in 2020 with the series of HBO MAX Venom. She was known for her appearance on various television programs in the 90s in Spain, which quickly made the public know her as the poison.

As he recounted in his memoirs Neither Whore nor Santa (2016) and in numerous interviews, he left his town at a very young age to live in Malaga and Torremolinos. One night his fate changed when television cameras came to make a report on prostitution. The video was broadcast on the nightly program Tonight we cross the Mississippithe transgressor and successful late night that Pepe Navarro was driving in Telecinco. Cristina’s appearance surprised the entire public and the journalist decided to include her in her cast in April 1996.

The death of Cristina, the unforgettable Poison, was on November 9, 2016 and was shrouded in mystery generating a lot of controversy. From various fronts, attempts have been made to reopen the case without any success so far, despite this, it continues to be a of the most important trans women in the history of Spanish television.

In different generations, Mexican women have triumphed (Photos: Instagram/@feliciagarzamx/@laboguebo5/@vicovolkov)
In different generations, Mexican women have triumphed (Photos: Instagram/@feliciagarzamx/@laboguebo5/@vicovolkov)

Mexico also has its representatives. Felicia Garza triumphed in the world of music under the name Felipe Gil, he even won the OTI as a composer, but at the age of 74 she dared to follow her ideals and became a woman.

Alexandra Bogue is another of the top Mexican references in terms of talent, success and great content when it comes to the world of Mexican shows. He debuted in a school play playing a female character and over time became involved in the gay world, participating in various transvestite shows. In fact, it’s the first trans woman to obtain recognition from the Mexican Association of Theater Critics. At the beginning of the year 2000 she joined the program From Gayolahowever, he has participated in several worldwide television projects such as Woman: Real Life Cases or soap operas for Televisa.

Victoria Volkovafrom Mexico City, is a model, vlogger, youtuber, makeup artist, writer and actress. Although she belongs to the new generation of famous trans Mexicans who are succeeding in the world, her talent has even led her to star in the successful movie Sex, Shame and Tears 2 for a major global streaming platform.

Hunter Schafer attends Variety's Power 2021 of Women event at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, California, US September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Hunter Schafer attends Variety’s Power 2021 of Women event at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, California, US September 30, 2021. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

hunter schafer rose to worldwide fame for his role as Jules in the drama of HBO MAX euphoria. He has worked from model for important clothing brands such as Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Maison Margiela, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versus Versace, among other fashion houses. Teen Vogue gave him the cover of his special issue, in December 2017. In 2021, Time included her in its Next list of “100 Emerging Leaders Shaping the Future,” including a tribute written by the actress and singer Zendaya.

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Lili Elbe, Cristina Ortíz “La Veneno”, Hunter Schafer and other trans women who have conquered the entertainment world