The Brazilian supermodel was discovered by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci when he hired her as his personal assistant. Soon after she became his muse and her modeling career began.
She has been featured in high-profile fashion magazines like "Vogue Paris," "Hercules," "Interview," "Love," and "Cover."
Silveira is the lead singer of the band The Cliks.
The Cliks made history as the first band with an openly trans male leader signed by a major record label, Tommy Boy Entertainment's imprint Silver Label.
In 2009 he made history again as the first transman to be voted Canada's Sexiest Man by readers of Canadian music magazine Chart Attack.
The son of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz publicly revealed he was transitioning in 2009 and since then has been one of the most visible members of the trans community.
In May he published his memoir, "Transition: The Story Of How I Became A Man," and this fall he was a contestant on "Dancing With The Stars" and was named one of Out magazine's 100 LGBT people of the year.
Richards is an ophthalmologist, author, and former professional tennis player.
After transitioning in 1975, she was banned from playing in the U.S. Open by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) because only biological women were allowed to participate in the tournament. Richards fought the ban and a 1977 New York Supreme Court decision ruled in her favor.
She continued to play until 1981.
This fall a documentary about Richards's life, "Renée," was released.
King was the first (and, thus far, only) trans model to be featured on the reality fashion competition "America's Next Top Model." She was seen on both the 11th and 17th "cycles" of the show.
In 2008 Thomas Beatie became famous when he revealed that he was pregnant with his first child.
Soon after Beatie and his wife, Nancy, made headlines and he became known as "the pregnant man."
The couple now has three children, all carried by Thomas, and he recently revealed that he is considering undergoing a hysterectomy.
Dr. Marci Bowers is a pioneer in the field of transgender transitional surgery and is the first known trans woman to perform these types of procedures..
After practicing in Trinidad, Colo., which is known as the "sex change capital of the world" due to the high number of surgeries performed there, she moved her practice to San Mateo, California, in December 2010.
Cayne made history when she accepted a role on "Dirty Sexy Money" and became the first transgender actress to play a recurring transgender character in prime time.
She's also appeared on "Nip/Tuck," "RuPaul's Drag Race," and "Necessary Roughness."
In 2006 Iwamoto was elected to a position on Hawaii's state Board of Education and became (at the time) the highest-elected transgender official in the United States.
She ran for re-election in 2010 and won.
Kye Allums is the first openly transgender athlete to play NCAA Division I college basketball. He was a shooting guard on the George Washington University women's basketball team until this year when he decided to no longer play.
Allums is now busy speaking about his life around the country.
A veteran of the 1969 Stonewall uprising (some claim she threw the first heel), Rivera fought for the rights of all queer people, not just those who fit into more homonormative molds.
Described by Riki Wilchins as "the Rosa Parks of the modern transgender movement," Rivera founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, or STAR, "a radical group that did everything from marching to setting up crash pads as an alternative to the streets," among other activist roles.
Today The Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression regardless of income or race, and Sylvia's Place, a NYC emergency homeless shelter for LGBT youth, both exist to honor Rivera's life and work.
Dillon was the first person known to have transitioned both hormonally and surgically from female to male.
A British writer, physician, philosopher, and Buddhist, Dillon penned several books including, "Self: A Study in Ethics and Endocrinology" (1946), "Growing Up into Buddhism" (1960), "The Life of Milarepa" (1962), "Imji Getsul" (1962), and numerous articles.
He was in love with another famous transgender person, Roberta Cowell, but she did not share his feelings.
He died in India -- where he had moved to study, meditate, and wrote under the name Lobzang Jivaka -- just days after sending his memoir, "Out Of The Ordinary," to his literary agent.
Cowell is the first British trans woman to undergo sex-reassignment surgery. She transitioned in 1951.
Prior to that, she was a Spitfire pilot during World War II and a race car driver.
Cowell, who was friends with transgender man Michael Dillon, transitioned a year before celebrated American trans woman Christine Jorgenson underwent surgery in Denmark.
You can read Cowell's autobiography here.
Sanchez worked tirelessly in the LGBT community before he became the first trans person to hold a senior congressional staff position on Capitol Hill.
In December 2008 he began working for Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) tracking LGBT, healthcare, veterans, and labor issues.
The writer, playwright, and performance artist is the author of several seminal tomes on gender theory including 1994's "Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us" and in 2006 she wrote "Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws."
She is currently at work on a memoir.
The world's first female-to-male porn star, Angel also works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer.
In 2007 Angel won the Adult Video News Transsexual Performer of the Year award and was written into Armistead Maupin's "Michael Tolliver Lives," one of the novels in the "Tales Of The City" series.
He has spoken around country, including an appearance at Yale University in 2010.
In 2011 Grodzka became Poland's first openly transgender parliamentarian.
She is the third transgender MP in world history after the transsexual New Zealand MP Georgina Beyer, and the transgender Italian MP, Vladimir Luxuria, who has not had a legal sex change.
Grodzka, who transitioned last year, secured a place in the Sejm, the nation's lower house of parliament.
"Today, Poland is changing. I am the proof..." Grodzka said.
Tipton was a saxophone and piano player and bandleader popular during the 1940's and '50s.
He eventually settled down in Spokane, Washington, got married, and adopted three sons. It wasn't until after his death from a hemorrhaging ulcer that Tipton's birth gender was revealed to his sons and the rest of the world.
Rasmussen became the first transgender mayor in the United States when he was elected to the office in Silverton, Oregon, in November 2008.
He writes on his website:
"I just happen to be transgendered -- something I didn't even know the word for until I discovered it on the Internet. I've been a crossdresser or transvestite my whole life, only 'coming out' recently and thereby discovering that life goes on very nicely."
In 1976 Lou G. Sullivan began applying for sex-reassignment surgery, but was rejected because he identified as gay. At the time, "female-to-gay male transsexuality was not recognized by the medical/psychotherapeutic establishment as a legitimate form of gender dysphoria at that time."
After mounting a successful campaign to get homosexuality removed from a list of objections which served to keep interested candidates from undergoing surgery, Sullivan finally obtained genital reconstruction surgery in 1986.
That same year he organized FTM, "the first peer-support group devoted entirely to female-to-male [transsexual and transvestite] individuals."