In the 70s Tracey Nor­man was one of the first (if not THE first) black trans­gen­der mod­el to have a thriv­ing career. Book­ing both high fash­ion and com­mer­cial jobs, Nor­man kept her trans­gen­der iden­ti­ty secret. 

Left to right: Beauty shot for her portfolio, 1993; In Miami Beach; modeling for Black Elegance magazine, 1980. Photographs: Preston Phillips (Left), Courtesy of Tracey Norman (Remaining)
Left to right: Beau­ty shot for her port­fo­lio, 1993; In Mia­mi Beach; mod­el­ing for Black Ele­gance mag­a­zine, 1980.
Pho­tographs: Pre­ston Phillips (Left), Cour­tesy of Tracey Nor­man (Remain­ing)

In the mid-70s she hit a career high when she became the face of Clairol’s dark auburn hair col­or — lead­ing to it become the company’s best-sell­ing col­or. But her career came to an abrupt halt when, Nor­man says, she was out­ed by leg­endary Essence Mag­a­zine edi­tor Susan Tay­lor and her book­ings dried up. Last year, New York magazine’s The Cut detailed Norman’s sto­ry and it cap­tured the hearts of many.
Now, Nor­man has been asked to return to the com­pa­ny that made her icon­ic. At age 63, Nor­man is Clairol’s newest cov­er girl.
Check out Norman’s new ad below:

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3 Comments on "[Video] After Being Blackballed for Decades, Transgender Model Tracey Norman Returns With New Clairol Campaign"

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I am so hap­py for you Tracey. They thought they could dim your light but in the end you con­tin­ued to shine


She still looks good.