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Slay Model Management Announces Transgender Model Search

The model search will be held on February 15 at One Culver in Los Angeles…
The world’s first Transgender-exclusive model agency, Slay Model Management, is hosting its first model search in the new year. The Model Search is set to take place February 15 at One Culver in Los Angeles.
“We are looking for star quality,” said Cecilio Asuncion, the agency’s founder and director told WWD. “It takes more than beauty to be a top model. It takes determination, a healthy outlook and a visceral understanding that she is a model first, and a trans woman second.”
“Slay is not about selling transness,” Asuncion said. “We are selling a young woman’s capability to represent a brand or designer. Sure, it’s great to be booked during June for Pride Month, but what we want is sustainability and opportunities year-round.”
Asuncion said there are unique opportunities available to transgender models today. “Fashion is changing. Companies understand the need for representation, diversity and inclusion,” he said. He believes that at some point in the future, trans models will be hired for their beauty and not, specifically, because they are trans. “One of the biggest misconceptions is that a trans model has to be an activist. Frankly, I don’t believe they do. By polishing their craft and representing themselves as the best in the business, they will help future generations.”
To enter the model search, people are encouraged to visit the Slay Model Management web site,, and click on the “Get Scouted” tab. They will be competing for three slots. 25 finalists will be selected from all entries to attend a model boot camp and compete in Los Angeles on January 25. Three winners will ultimately be selected.

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