‘Pose’ Star Indya Moore is ‘Elle’s’ First Trans Cover Model

Indya Moore has had a somewhat difficult life. She entered foster care at age 14 because her mother couldn’t deal with her being trans, she ended up being forced into sex work to be able to afford hormone therapy and ended up in some rough environments along the way, she told Elle. But Indya has since reconciled with her mother and she’s the first trans model to appear on Elle’s cover.

Indya can’t stop twerking. “I have to. It’s necessary. I’m claiming my cultural space in this dress.” Even though she laments her “skinny ass,” she still knows how to shake it, as is her heritage. “That’s how you know I’m from the Bronx,” she says. “I’m twerking one ass-cheek. That’s talent.”

That right there is the American dream.

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View this post on Instagram, 24 Thank you to my extended family (my partner incld’d) for making my last few days the best I ever had in my life. The reality is still setting in. I never thought It would ever come a point in my life where I would have real friends to share my life with. I’m so grateful for my tribe. I’ve waited so long for this moment and these people. They reflect all the best parts of me and I them. They Really went all the way. Thank you specifically to @jillianmercado, @williegreene_, and Lisa for making my birthday so so so special. Thank you @queenofgreen, for beginning my birthday with an unforgettable meal. It was, incredible. The best breakfast id ever had.. thank you also for the beautiful birthday cake. It literally tasted like love. @elysethoms, @iknowimfancy, @lights_aun, and my partner, my love, for surprising me in the middle of the night coming all the way out to L.A and bonding with my friends and being part of our tribe. Seeing you so connected with them and them with you filled me all the way up. Thank you to everyone for your birthday wishes and for those who I have in my life and had the pleasure of knowing into my 24th birthday. I love you all and I appreciate you so. I’m so happy to have made it through another year. My Life anniversary is so special to me. There are so very cruel People don’t want people like me to exist, and I am just so happy to be able to have a platform to reach those hearts hardened to people like me. I can’t wait to continue to learn, grow, share, move, and continue building a legacy everybody can benefit from in different ways. Thank you for creating me and going through the pain, labor headache and protecting me through uncertainty mommy. papi, thank you for supporting our family and your partner through thick and thin @keleesi .

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I think Indya is going to be on a lot of covers in her career. Wow.

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