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Against All Odds:

“I don’t really care much about being a supermodel. I just want to be a good role model for other transgender people.”
Photo Credits: Katherline Lyndia@katherlinelyndiaphotography, James Muggle @jamesmuggle, Zain Ali Shah @tigerzain and Diew @diewbd

The story of Mimi Tao as told by Warren Christopher Hallett

Since 2015, Mimi Tao’s story has been told so many times that virtually everyone around the world knows or has heard about it. Her journey to fame is fascinating, and she, as some of you may already know, is a lot more than just a monk-turnedmodel. She is such an inspiration to me and many others, and we can’t seem to get enough of her. This, I guess, gives me sufficient justification for recounting her story one more time.

I first spotted Mimi about 6 years ago in a magazine I happened to pick up at an airport lounge. Her photographs stood out. I remember being spell-bound by her striking looks, her high cheekbones and her 5’10” statuesque body. I didn’t know she was a transgender model. I didn’t know she was from Thailand. As her family name is ‘Tao’, I thought she was one of many Chinese models who had ‘escaped’ China to conquer the world’s catwalks… following in the Louboutin heels of supermodels Liu Wen and Shu Pei.

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This issue features Martine Rose, our Miss Transliving International 2019 winner on the cover, you can read Martine's inspiring story on her journey to becoming Miss TLI & see some more amazing photos of her inside. We include a photo feature on Transliving Eastbourne Weekend PLUS winners stories & photos from the 2019 winners of Miss Transliving Golden & Diamond Girl. Help & Advice features on coming out at work, a support column for partners & all the latest fashion and makeup trends with Louise Honey & Born. Nina Jay features in an amazing lingerie photo shoot where she models all her favourite sexy lingerie from the What Katie Did range - I just know that all of Nina's fans are going to love these photos! We also hear from Axel Samano, a new and upcoming trans musical artist who talks to us about his music and shares with us his track Wanderland, which we all love here at Transliving HQ. A group of Transliving Eastbourne regulars treat us to a photo shoot of them modelling their favourite swimwear outfits on Eastbourne seafront, where they certainly attracted the attention of passers-by! Rebecca features in a fun themed shoot as a dieselpunk girl & Tabatha has fun in the studio posing with a chopper. We pay tribute to the late Nicci Tristan who was famous for her love of rubber & latex, this issue includes some of Nicci's most memorable photos. You’ll also, of course, find plenty of other articles to keep you up-to-date on issues affecting the gender diverse and trans community with hard-hitting comment and opinion as well as our personal contact ads and extensive scene guide keeping you up to date with what's going on and coming up on the trans calendar. Dive into your new Transliving now and join us on the celebration of Gender Diversity. Want to be featured in our next issue? Email