BROTHERS, SISTERS, SONS & DAUGHTERS: INTRODUCING THE SPRING 2014 CAMPAIGN
Barneys New York Announcement – Arin Andrews, Edie Charles, Valentijn de Hingh, Ashley de la Cruz, Sawyer Devuyst, Peche Di, Dezjorn Gauthier, Trevon Haynes, Katie Hill, Eve Lindley, Niki M?nray, Ryley Pogensky, Ines Rau, May Simon, Ahya Taylor, Maxie Neu, and Gisele Xtravaganza. These seventeen extraordinary men and women, transgender individuals with diverse experiences and unique personal stories, are the faces of Barneys New York?s Spring 2014 campaign: Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters, which launches today exclusively on The Window.
Shot by iconic photographer Bruce Weber in New York City, many were photographed and filmed surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. By depicting these human connections, Weber was able to represent both the struggles and triumphs a trans person may face in relation to their gender identity. Barneys New York is proud to support the transgender community by telling a few of their incredible stories.
Patricia Bosworth?a longtime contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author?interviewed each model to uncover a small part of their unique and personal life story. The first-person interviews address a range of issues from bullying, discrimination and abandonment to empowerment, self-confidence and unconditional love.
First up, meet Katie Hill and Arin Andrews. Katie was the first transgender student to graduate from her Oklahoma high school in 2012, and the former couple?they remain close friends?first got together when they met at a transgender support group. Their courage, admirable sense of self, and determination to help others who have shared their experiences have made them incredible role models?not only for the many young people in the trans community, but for us all.
Barneys New York has partnered with two leading voices in the trans community, the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the LGBT Community Center (The Center) on the campaign. By bringing the personal stories of these 17 individuals to a national stage, Barneys New York hopes to help break stereotypes and build social acceptance of transgender people?long-standing goals of both The Center and NCTE.
To help further support The Center and NCTE, Barneys New York is pleased to donate 10% of all sales from its 11 flagship stores nationwide and Barneys.com on February 11th?to the LGBT Community Center in New York City and the National Center for Transgender Equality. Total proceeds will be divided evenly between the two charities.
Over the coming weeks, The Window will be introducing you to the rest of the Brothers, Sisters, Sons and Daughters participants, from the aspiring fashion journalist who at the age of eight became the subject of a nine-year documentary chronicling her gender identity journey to the artist and activist who was arrested 77 times fighting for trans and gay rights throughout the 1950s and 60s. We hope you enjoy getting to know these remarkable individuals.