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Aaron Philip Is The First Black, Trans, Disabled Model To Sign With Elite Model Management

Oh, and she's only 17.

A year after she put it out in the universe, model Aaron Philip has signed her first modeling contract.

The 17-year-old is the first disabled transgender model signed to Elite Model Management, reports Teen Vogue. 

Philip shared the news on her Twitter page.


The teen, who has cerebral palsy and identifies as a “gender-nonconforming trans woman,” also penned an essay for Them to reflect on her accomplishment.

“As excited as I am, this is all new to me. I know that because of my appearance, my disability and my identities, I may be boxed into a position where I’m either seen as unique and fascinating or straight up not what a casting director or designer may be looking for,” Philip wrote.

“More than anything, I can only pray for success and happiness within my career and the goals I intend to achieve. I don’t want signings like mine to be a trend or a fad. I want careers for black, disabled and trans models to be attainable and sustainable.”

Philip went viral last year when she tweeted her modeling aspirations:


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