Issue 35 Slideshow Lifestyle

Meet the Trans Icons Making a Huge Impact on the World

Zackary Drucker and Hari Nef on getting beyond the gender binary by Caroline Pham

October 5, 2015
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As a society, we’re waking up to the idea that gender identity doesn’t fit into two neat, blue and pink boxes, but rather exists on a spectrum that might not always mirror the biological body. Perhaps nowhere is the notion of gender fluidity being more tangibly explored than in the fashion industry, where designers are increasingly creating collections that blur the boundaries between boys and girls. There’s a growing curiosity, but this space is fraught, and though it’s in the zeitgeist today, trans is most certainly not just a trend. We’re parsing out the complexities of identity and diving headfirst into a new frontier.

We gathered Zackary Drucker and Hari Nef to discuss their own experiences as transgender icons coming to fame amid a new era of pop culture trans narratives. A co-producer of the groundbreaking show Transparent, Drucker is a celebrated artist whose repertoire over the past 10 years has explored notions of gender and identity, gracing the Whitney Biennial and MoMA PS1. Nef, a recent Columbia graduate and actress who appears in the upcoming season of Transparent, initially made waves as the first openly trans model signed by powerhouse IMG Models. Together, they examine the traps of mounting visibility, the vital importance of community, and the challenges of breaking down the binary.

Photography by Luke Gilford
Styling by Sean Knight
Hair by Derek Yuen
Makeup by Jeffrey Baum

On Hari: All clothing and shoes (worn throughout) by Stella McCartney. Silver hoop earrings by Annelise Michelson and silver sliver drop earrings (worn throughout) by Jennifer Fisher.

On Zackary: All clothing by Stella McCartney, shoes (worn throughout) by Dolce & Gabbana. Silver hoop earrings by Annelise Michelson and silver sliver drop earrings (worn throughout) by Jennifer Fisher.

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Meet the Trans Icons Making a Huge Impact on the World Zackary Drucker and Hari Nef on getting beyond the gender binary