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Model Nathan Westling Comes Out as Transgender

He will soon return to the fashion industry after a brief departure that followed Paris Fashion Week in October 2018.
Nathan Westling. Photo: Collier Schorr/Courtesy of The Society

Nathan Westling. Photo: Collier Schorr/Courtesy of The Society

Top American model Nathan Westling, formerly known as Natalie, announced that he's transgender in an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday.

Westling's modeling career took off in 2013 as he made his runway debut for Marc Jacobs, quickly becoming "one to watch," acting as a muse for big-name designers like Nicolas Ghesquière and garnering steady gigs across campaigns, editorials and runways over the years. Westling's last show, which was Louis Vuitton, took place in October 2018 during Paris Fashion Week before he started taking testosterone over the past six months.

"It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows in the beginning. My first two months of the transition were tough, and it wasn't until I started to see physical changes that aligned with ... my mental state that I finally woke up and (started) living," he told Allyssia Alleyne of CNN Style. "I'm happy. I can't even imagine going back to how I was before because it's just darkness."

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Westling has immediate plans to return to the fashion industry and CNN notes that he'll likely be heavily in demand for being a high-profile trans male model. The clients that he's worked with in the past have been "universally supportive," as well. Plus, there's a fashion magazine cover starring Westling in the works. Perhaps i-D? Or maybe Dazed, which was the first cover he booked starting out in his career?

Westling is represented by The Society, and his new headshot — photographed by Collier Schorr — is already on the agency's website. It also appears that Westling is the only male model on its roster. We're sure we are not alone in saying that we're thrilled for Westling and can't wait to see where his career will take him next.

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