Indya Moore looks like an 'angel' as Elle's first transgender cover star
Indya Moore stars on hit FX drama Pose, which follows different subcultures in 1980's New York: the ball culture world, the downtown literary scene and the rise of the luxury universe. Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck, Glee) c0-created the series, which made history for having the most transgender actors in its cast. Now Moore, who prefers to use they/them pronouns, is making history as Elle's first transgender cover star.
The 24-year-old TV star has had a remarkable journey. Moore entered the foster system at age 14, and moved around so frequently they lived in all five boroughs of New York City. During sophomore year of high school, Moore dropped out due to bullying, and began their career as a model. After moving out of foster care, Moore was homeless until booking the role of 'Angel' on Pose. Now they're on the cover of Elle, rocking Louis Vuitton, and looking absolutely gorgeous.
The French fashion house has embraced Moore as a brand ambassador. They wore Louis Vuitton designs during awards show season and hosted the luxury company's stunning show at Paris Fashion Week. That's a huge accomplishment for visibility, as many transgender people struggle to come out, fearing negative repercussions from friends, family and co-workers. Moore's always had acceptance on her mind, though.
"I don’t know how to have fun, I don’t know what my favorite restaurant [is]," Moore told Elle. “When I’m around people having conversations about their day, I’m looking at them, like, ‘What could they possibly be talking about? How are not talking about deconstructing white supremacy right now? How are we not trying to save trans people?’ I don’t know who I am outside of someone who’s just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others."
With 200,000 followers on Instagram, Moore has a platform on social media to empower transgender people and make them feel less alone. (Not to mention the platform given by playing Angel on Pose, which takes place in era where being transgender was a shameful secret.) By sharing their journey, the unapologetic TV star may even educate those don't understand transgender people. "I knew I had a chance to teach the world something that would help more people to be safe," Moore said.
The Elle cover also drew praise from writer, TV host and transgender activist Janet Mock. "It feels like this is the first time that we are seeing a trans woman being celebrated for all the different parts of herself," Mock told the publication. [Moore's] the embodiment of our dream girl. [They're] living the fantasy that all of us hoped and dreamed for, that we fought to build little by little so that someone like Indya Moore could be the center of a show, be the center of fashion campaigns, be on a magazine cover."