Model Geena Rocero has had quite the career: She was a beauty pageant queen in the Philippines at age 15, got signed to top agency NEXT models at age 21 after moving to New York, and her international swimsuit and beauty editorials have earned her a solid fan base. And although she's been working in fashion for nearly a decade, her industry friends, colleagues and agents didn't even know that she was transgender until very recently.
Fearful that coming out might cause irreparable damage to her career, she didn't publicly reveal that was born assigned a male gender in her professional realm until 2013. Then on March 31, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero gave a TED Talk that served as her official "coming out," and she courageously told the story of how she was able to become comfortable with who she is -- both inside and outside.
Thanks to her supportive family and the acceptance of gender fluidity in Asian culture, Rocero was able to live out her dreams of becoming a fashion model -- and now she wants to dedicate her life to help others do the same.
Watch the full video above for your daily dose of inspiration.