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#17 LAITH ASHLEY

Model, trans icon.

DNA: Being trans and of colour was an obstacle at the start of your modelling career, has that changed with your success and growing community awareness of trans people?

Laith Ashley: I actually don’t think it was too much of an issue for me at first. It allowed me to stand out initially. However, once the fascination and intrigue with my story faded it became more challenging. I just keep a positive outlook on everything I experience. I allow myself to feel disappointment, but I tell myself I have to keep moving forward. As far as bringing awareness to the community, I think it’s a community effort. The obstacles exist, but I hope the weight gets lighter as time goes on.

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Welcome to our 20 More Reasons We Still Love The USA issue! From Utah cowboys to LA porn stars, drag queens, Bette Midler and Wanda Sykes, music stars like Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lil Naz X, Frank Ocean and Bruce Springsteen, baseball, gridiron, sexy Jason Momoa and Laith Ashley and even hot activist Deray Mckesson and Mayor Pete! We have one of the best Adam Lambert interviews ever where he looks back candidly at his career highs and low as he releases a stunning new album. Cover guy Dylan Austin will have you packing your bags for LA! And sex columnist Cameron McCool reveals how to be a better bottom! We have health, music, books, Straight Mate and Kiss Of The Spider Woman in a new stage production. All this and more.