The Story of a Trans Model Who Fearlessly Became Herself
Jari Jones is a successful trans model who recently became a cover face for Calvin Klein’s campaign at the age of 29. As a plus-sized, Black, trans woman, she is powerfully showing the world what she’s capable of. Not only is she a model, but she’s also a successful producer and actress, as well as a strong LGBTQ rights activist.
Bright Side is sharing her inspirational story with you, proving that anything is possible if you’re determined enough.
She has struggled to be accepted for who she is.
As a child, she describes herself as always being feminine, playing dress-up with wigs, and using long T-shirts as dresses. Only as a young adult in college did she come out as trans, and now she is navigating what it means to be a woman today.
However, she has had to battle against haters over the years. She shares with us, on her Instagram account, the discrimination she’s experienced as a Black trans woman, revealing the comments she receives every day.
She is a rising actress and producer.
In 2019, she was the first Black trans woman to enter the Cannes Film Festival as a producer for her movie, Port Authority. She also starred in the movie and served as a script consultant and acting coach, proving she’s truly unstoppable. She’s a real trailblazer, setting the way for future Black trans creatives.
She’s changing the fashion and beauty world.
The modeling industry has been known to lack diversity, however, this is slowly changing. Jari was selected by Calvin Klein to be part of their diverse team of models for their 2020 pride campaign. This is something she never believed to be possible for herself as a plus-sized, Black, trans woman.
She was also part of Doves’ Arms Up campaign, celebrating inclusivity. The diversity of the campaign gives hope for future representation as Jari and the other women who joined the team show us that beauty cannot be standardized.
She is an activist for LGBTQ and Black rights.
On top of this, she is also an activist for Black lives and the trans community, using her position to support them. In fact, she told us in an interview that her most important role is to protect the LGBTQ community the best she can, considering all the discrimination they face.
By her side, she has her wife, who supports and loves her. She has learned to love herself fearlessly for who she is, regardless of the haters. And as 2 trans women, they celebrate the diversity of love, showing the world that love knows no boundaries.
Are you a fan of Jari’s work? What are your thoughts and experiences about being a woman today?