Posted on: 03/31/2016

Trans model to make debut at Canadian fashion week

Trans model TJ Jans is set to take to the catwalk tonight at Western Canada Fashion Week. The model, who uses gender-neutral pronouns said they did not think of themselves as a model before being offered the chance to walk in Stanley Carrolls runwy show. Jans came out in December 2014 that they would transition, and began taking hormones the following summer. The new model will be wearing clothes from the menswear collection at the Edmonton design house. They told the Edmonton Sun: "To be asked to model menswear is a surprising choice; [Carroll[ could face some backlash. Having a female-to-male trans person in his show doing menswear, thats a possibility. I was surprised that he went there at all." The idea actually came from Carroll wife Marcie Whitecotton-Carroll, who works with Jans at the University of Alberta.