This December, when the Cut published a cover story about Tracey Africa Norman, the first black transgender woman to work, undetected, as a successful fashion and beauty model, we hoped her story would touch people and bring attention to her remarkable career. We could not have predicted that it would result in a phone call from Clairol, whose Born Beautiful hair-color boxes Tracey’s face had graced in supermarkets nationwide 30 years ago, asking her to come back to work.

Written by one of my sister's childhood friends. It's nice when the journalists you know don't suck.


This is wonderful. I've been having a lot of issues with dysphoria lately, so it's nice to hear positive stories about trans women. I know that this isn't world-changing, nor is it a gigantic victory - but it is a small victory, and a move towards acceptance, and that is enough.

Sayeth Max Ehrmann,

    With all of its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.

Most of the time I don't believe it, but sometimes it's nice to hope that it's true.

posted by kleinbl00: 677 days ago