Countless designers have blurred the lines between genders over the years, but 2017 has become somewhat of a banner year for models aiming to do the same both on and off the catwalk. While the CFDA announced an entirely new category—coed—on the New York fashion week lineup for the coming season, every day is gender fluid for Danish catwalker Vincent Beier, and according to the model, has been “since I was born.”
When Fashion Unfiltered spoke to Beier backstage during the Spring 2018 season (during which he walked both Prabal Gurung and Coach 1941), his “hope” was to one day see more “mixed and fluid” collections. He also envisioned a future were anyone other than a cisgender female model sporting a dress wouldn’t be considered “such a big thing.” After all, he noted, “your right to wear women’s clothing is not something you have to fight for.” And he’s correct—at least for the moment in Trump’s ever-tumultuous America. Strutting the sidewalk in stilettos isn’t always understood or met with a modeling contract, but unlike using the bathroom that corresponds to your gender identity, you can (as far as we know) legally sashay into the men’s restroom wearing a mini skirt. And with so many houses (like Gucci and Helmut Lang) continually pushing the gender boundaries or erasing them entirely, perhaps more men will.