Does Carmen Carrera Have the Chops to Be Victoria’s Secret’s First Transgender Model?

The Victoria’s Secret runway show is tonight (airing December 10) and that means several things. Angels are busy toning up and tweeting their wings-ready bods; host Taylor Swift is hard at work rehearsing her girl-power schtick; and organizers are hunting down and tossing out every last Native American headdress. All the while, a petition urging VS to hire its first transgender model is gaining steam.

Marco Regalado, an LGBT resident of Merced, California, has launched a Change.org campaign asking Victoria’s Secret to seriously consider hiring Carmen Carrera, a former contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race and the show’s first transgender woman. Fully transitioning after her season aired, Carrera aspires to be a model (she’s already appeared in W magazine) and Regalado thinks she has the chops to walk a Victoria’s Secret runway.

“Victoria’s Secret is well-known for launching the careers of supermodels and being an iconic American brand,” says Regalado. “Victoria’s Secret Angels push the barriers, whether it’s on the runway or in photo shoots — and that’s just what Carmen does! She’s a force to be reckoned with and deserves to walk the same runway as legends like Gisele and Heidi Klum.”

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