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That's especially important right now.

Transgender women are being killed in droves. Mic's Unerased database found that 23 trans women were murdered in 2016 and 111 have been killed in the past five years. It's an epidemic.

Including more trans women in fashion may not solve transphobia, but it does help in breaking down the stigma about trans bodies. Neary told Refinery29 that embracing her gender identity is so important to her for that reason:

At one point, I didn’t want to define myself as trans; I wanted to blend in. I didn't know myself well enough to be comfortable with saying, 'I'm OK with being a trans individual; I'm proud to be a trans individual.' A lot of trans people say phrases such as, 'the dead me,' or 'my dead name.' I don't really relate to that. I don't really think of my former self as a dead part of me. I find that person very fluid with who I am today. I had to accept who I was to become who I am now.


Now though, Neary dreams of working as much as Graham and Tess Holliday, who are both in-demand plus-size models. However, she also has a bigger mission.

"I'd love to be a representation for trans youth," she told Revelist. "[I want to teach] trans kids that they only need to be themselves to succeed in life, confidence and passion will take them the rest of the way, [and] that being trans doesn't hold them back from being anything they want."

In embracing herself, maybe fashion — and all of us — will embrace the plus-size and trans communities too.