Transgender fashion star Noella McMaher is the first youngest model to walk down the runway at New York Fashion Week. McMaher walked down the runway for the designer behind the Transgender clothing company Mel Atkinson. The model who transitioned at two years old is reportedly booked until November 2022. After four years, she socially transitioned; at seven, she legally transitioned.

The fashion industry and society are changing and accepting of all sizes, ages, and cultures. Thus Real Research, an online survey app, launched a survey on Public Perception of Transgender Models in Fashion Industry. The survey aims to learn about the opinions on Transgender Models in Fashion Industry. Following are the survey results:


  • 67.76% have heard about Noella McMaher
  • 46.52% say perception towards transgender people will be affected positively even when working with big luxury brands
  • 42.65% say that transgender models are beautiful, thus, gaining popularity

The Youngest Transgender Fashion Model

The survey starts by asking the public about their awareness of the youngest transgender fashion model, Noella McMaher. 67.76% were aware, whereas 32.24% said otherwise.

Figure 1: Public awareness of the youngest transgender model

Subsequently, the survey asked how the public felt about transgender models emerging in the fashion industry. 35.29% said they were impressed, 11.05% said it was equal, and 10.11% reported entertainment.

What Is the Reason for Transgender Models’ Popularity in the Fashion Industry

The survey asked what the reason behind the popularity of transgender models is in the fashion industry; 42.65% stated that they are attractive, 15.50% reported accepting and promoting diversity, and 14.37% said that gender identity does not play a factor in being a successful model. Lastly, 14.29% said they have special and unique features.

Figure 2: Why are transgender models emerging in the fashion industry?

The following survey asks if transgender models continue to walk for big luxury brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, will it affect the perception built towards them?

46.52% agreed positively, 16.03% said no in a negative way, 17.30% stated that it wouldn’t affect in any way, whereas 20.16% were uncertain.

Success Rate for Transgender Models To Succeed in the Fashion Industry

The survey then asks respondents how easy it is for transgender models to succeed in the fashion industry. 34.24% said it is effortless, 26.04 stated neutral, 13.96% reported it somewhat easy, and 12.40% said it was not easy.

Figure 3: Public opinion on the success rate of transgender models in the fashion industry

Lastly, the survey asks if respondents support modeling agencies hiring a young transgender fashion model. 65.62% are supportive. Meanwhile, 34.38% are against it.

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Survey TitleSurvey on Public Perception on Transgender Models in Fashion Industry
DurationSeptember 8 – September 15, 2022
Number of Participants30,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.