Will the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show feature a transgender model this year? An online petition is being circulated to make RuPaul’s Drag Race star Carmen Carrera the first transgender model to be hired by Victoria’s Secret. The Change.org petition to make Carrera a runway pioneer has already collected 28,000 signatures, but it’s unclear whether it will affect casting plans for the fashion show, which is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
The petition wants Victoria’s Secret to “seriously consider” hiring Carrera for the runway fashion show this year. “By making Carmen the very first trans supermodel, you will help to end femmephobia within the LGBTIQQA community,” it states. “But also it will show the entire trans community that you embrace them as your patrons.” There is also a push for Carrera to receive an “Angel” contract with Victoria’s Secret, which means she would make appearances and star in campaigns for the brand.
The transgender beauty queen also made headlines for her time on another reality show. Carrera appeared on TLC’s Cake Boss in July 2012 as part of a prank. She was set up on a date with “Cousin Anthony” Bellifemine, in which “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro revealed to him afterwards, “That’s a man, baby!” However, Carrera thought she was going on the program to promote equality for the transgender community and expressed her outrage afterwards.
“People get bullied, beat up, and killed for being trans because of this ignorance!” she wrote in a Facebook post after her Cake Boss appearance. “I made it VERY clear to the producers on how to use the correct wording before agreeing to filming this, but instead they chose to poke fun and be disrespectful. I may not have been born a woman, but I’m NOT a man … it’s not fair at all to be lied to by the producers.”
Valastro publicly apologized afterwards and said he “was wrong to use the words I did.” TLC pulled the episode from its lineup indefinitely, but said they plan to re-edit the episode for a later broadcast date.
Carrera identified as a gay male during her time on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but began to identify as a heterosexual female in May 2012.