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More acceptance for transgender models

More Acceptance for Transgender Models

As a young boy in Brazil's heartland, Carol Marra watched her parents politely correct strangers who said what a pretty daughter they had.


In her teenage years, she coveted the boyfriends of her female classmates and tried out androgynous outfits, dutifully changing back into a young man's clothes in her car before returning home.

Now a favorite among Brazil's growing class of transgender models, Ms. Marra, 26, has become a star. She filmed two mini-series for major Brazilian television channels, is starting a lingerie line, and was the first transgender model to walk Fashion Rio - considered a top national runway event - and also the first to pose for Revista Trip, a Brazilian culture magazine that features female nudes.

Her popularity points to striking, if precarious, gains in Brazil's popular culture for Ms. Marra and her small number of peers. In a country that publicly celebrates its mixed-race and multicultural heritage, Brazil's cosmopolitan capitals like São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have become places where crossing gender lines is increasingly accepted. Still, transgender models themselves say Brazil is also in many ways a deeply conservative country with strong religious forces that can create a hostile environment for its gay and transgender population.

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drepke March 22 2014 at 8:15 AM

If we are such haters how does Ru Pale have a TV Channel?

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bbh907 March 22 2014 at 9:58 AM

Seriously, Who Cares!!

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ihuber1 March 22 2014 at 9:16 PM

Like in Shallow Hal... "You want to see it?" "I gotta see it."

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Soos53 March 22 2014 at 10:17 AM

Marrieah, I totally agree!

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dkskiaspen March 23 2014 at 10:47 AM

being transgender is not a choice it is how we are born there have been many thoughts of suicide and battling depression i applaud her courage and admire her beauty. We are not the twisted ones

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jackonlne March 22 2014 at 8:48 AM

Sylvia, you need to stop judging others and imposing your values onto them. No one gave you the right to determine what others should do to find happiness in their lives. Certainly if you don't want to do those things you have every right not to. It's time for prejudice and bigotry to end. How about it?

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briabran jackonlne March 22 2014 at 10:05 AM

Just because you have a different view of life and sexuality does not make it prejudicial or does not make it bigotry. Showing pure hate towards others does. Not everyone is going to accept the idea of transgender as being a normal thing. It is your choice. Yet you still should respect the person making that decision as a fellow human being.

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hdlthqtrs March 22 2014 at 12:13 PM

Andrew Dice Clay said it best! Give a guy a choice of a Beautiful girl next to him in the morning, or another guy's hairy B-----s and he picks the guy? They have to be born that way! They can not help it!

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Dan hdlthqtrs March 22 2014 at 1:35 PM

Nu?!?!?

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Brenda March 22 2014 at 11:17 PM

You have to be yourself...

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robertawomen March 22 2014 at 7:23 AM

im an ex transgender and all the drugs and surgery in the world are not gone make you what you were not born get over it quit taking your h r t and watch what mother nature will do heal your body and put you back to what you came out as the good lord gave you a male brain for a reason use it im so glad I woke up from my night mare change

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MANNY ALBITE robertawomen March 22 2014 at 8:21 AM

That is really ugly coming from you, you are a bad and you need to be spank

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ScotyD69 robertawomen March 22 2014 at 8:29 AM

a male brain.....?

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fred March 22 2014 at 6:50 AM

If someone is kind, friendly, courteous and polite with a little humor, I like 'em. If they are mean, self-centered, egotistical, and "big me-little you", I don't like 'em. And that applys regardless of who your parents are, what country you came from, what religion you profess, what color you are, or what your sexual preference is. But that's just me.

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