Earlier this week, one of America's most lauded athletes -- and modern day reality TV star -- shared her authentic identity with the world on the cover of Vanity Fair as Caitlyn Jenner.
The move sparked an important discussion about representation and visibility of trans people, framed in a high-profile way through a thoughtful Tumblr post by Laverne Cox. In this post, Cox dissected the impossible expectations that celebrity trans women face, noting that there is no universal transgender experience and no one trans person can represent all trans individuals.
Tumblr users were quick to build on Cox's sentiment, starting a #MyVanityFairCover hashtag campaign that encouraged other trans people to create their own Vanity Fair covers. According to Buzzfeed, Tumblr user Crystal Frasier and roommate Jenn Dolari were the first to spearhead this campaign.
"I've felt frustrated and useless and overwhelmed by opinions on transgender women and how we're 'supposed' to look if we want to be taken seriously," Frasier wrote. "But not all of us adhere to those standards. Not all of us want to. Not all of us can. Some of us do, but only out of fear. Some of us do but we aren't sure why. And whether we fit those standards or not, we're beautiful, and we all deserve to feel beautiful, and be acknowledged by the world."
The #MyVanityFairCover movement has since taken off, with a slew of transgender people Photoshopping their own Fair covers in order to show the world that trans identity is a spectrum and not containable by a single form of representation.
Check out some images from the #MyVanityFairCover campaign below.
— Claire Russell (@ClaireFAISE) June 5, 2015
— Fuck The Cistem (@DeerCr0ssing) June 5, 2015
I guess this is my way of coming out?? I don't know, I posted something for trans day of visibility a while ago but.. hey! I guess I should introduce myself. I'm Elijah. I'm 16 years old, I love playing music, and I'm genderfluid. comment if you have a question? #myvanityfaircover #myvanityfair #hehishim #genderfluid