From very successful fashion models like Andreja Pejić to super famous celebs like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, it's not unusual to hear about transgender people in the mainstream media today. But this was hardly the case when Tracey "Africa" Norman began her career as a model in the 1970s. She enjoyed a successful career for a period of time, shooting advertisements, fashion editorials, and even appearing on a Clariol hair color box—until she was outed as transgender by someone in the industry. After that, her career stalled for many years.
But recently, Clairol announced that they'll be working with Norman again, this time as the face of their 'Nice 'n Easy Color As Real As You Are' campaign, signaling that the industry is continuing to move towards inclusiveness, something that we love to see. Clairol global associate brand director Heather Carruthers told Refinery29 that the company is "honored to bring back Tracey Norman as a woman who no longer has to hide her truth. Her warm, genuine spirit and authentic approach to life make her a natural fit for the campaign." The campaign focuses on the "confidence that comes from embracing what makes you unique and using natural color to express yourself freely," said Carruthers, making Norman a natural fit for the brand's message. We certainly hope that the 63-year-old model has a long career ahead of her—one where she's celebrated for her identity rather than torn down.
— Clairol Color (@ClairolColor) August 16, 2016
Check out the video below to hear more of Tracey's inspiring story.