Others also called on Vogue to diversify its representation, particularly when it comes to LGBTQ+ cover stars and models.
Black trans people were instrumental in kickstarting the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement and defining gender non-conforming fashion.
But while queer aesthetics have reached the mainstream in the incarnation of figures like David Bowie, Boy George and now Harry Styles, Black trans people have all too often been sidelined and ignored.
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To truly help normalise queer aesthetics – particularly given the fact that BAME trans people routinely face disproportionate levels of violence – many argue that the fashion industry must elevate trans people of colour. Just like British Vogue did when Laverne Cox graced its cover.
This is something that, perhaps, Styles – an outspoken advocate for social justice – recognises: after Vaid-Menon shared their Instagram post explaining the importance of celebrating trans femmes of colour in fashion, Styles followed them.