10/31/2012 09:46 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Isis King

Isis King shot to fame -- and consequently became voice for transgender women -- when she competed in cycle 11 of hit reality TV show "America's Next Top Model." As the show's first trans competitor, King's brought mainstream attention to transgender issues, including the transitioning process and LGBT homelessness (King was in assisted living before the show), as the model openly shared her story with fellow contestants and the judges.

In June, American Apparel featured King as their model for its Pride 2012 campaign, making King the first openly trans woman to pose for the company. As an activist, King said on The Tyra Banks Show, "God doesn't make mistakes, and I'm not a mistake. This is the way I am."

Each day in October, which is LGBT History Month, we'll be featuring a different LGBT icon. Check back tomorrow for a look at another incredible individual who changed history and visit our LGBT History Month Big News Page for more stories.