Tyra Banks casts transgender contestant on America’s Next Top Model

August 13th, 2008 // 194 Comments

Hold on to your androgynous zones; the new season of America’s Next Top Model just got a whole lot more penis-ier. Meet Isis (above) a transgender model who “identifies herself as ‘a woman born physically male.’” She/He made the cut to be on Tyra Bank’s completely scripted modeling competition and looks forward to pretending to have to a chance on this season’s cycle, according to Us Weekly:

Will she be a role model?
“I like to help people, but I’m here to follow my dreams,” she tells Us.
The inclusion of Isis is being hailed by GLAAD president Neil Giuliano as “an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television.
“We applaud Tyra Banks and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible,” Giuliano said.

So, if she’s a woman born physically male, does that mean she makes herself her own sandwiches? Otherwise, you lost me.

Photo: CW
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  1. ChristianBoy

    Wow, you sure show your open-mindedness by bashing Christians and the Bible. I don’t hate this young man. His situation is a tragedy and the greedy people at the network are taking advantage of him. I feel sorry for him and those of you who take a tragic situation like this to hate on God.

    You can’t hate God out of existence and you can’t stop people from sinning. That is why Jesus HAD TO be born as a man, live a sinless life and die on the cross. There was no other way for us to be saved because it is impossible for people to live sinless lives. In case you didn’t know, hate is a sin too. The Bible says that “those who hate, commit murder in their hearts”. Be they Christians or God haters. Lucky for us, Jesus paid the penalty for that sin too.

    Don’t listen to mean mr. God hater. Jesus loves you and wants you to read the Bible.

  2. jenny

    I’m pretty sure Isis has been on the show before. She was one of the faux homeless people in season 10 that they had to pose with. She was also on a TV special about a huge transgender ball, for which she was making her own dress. this reminds me of the saleisha scandal

  3. Ferdinand Narcos

    Wow.A Negro trannie.What a frigging surprise.

  4. Anything for ratings

    #137 – You’re a god! Of course it’s all about ratings.

    And Tyra is a P-I-M-P! Got them hoes flashing their ass while she stackin all the cash.

    She’s truly crafty, deceitful and a smart businesswomen… worthy to replace that Cylon we call Oprah.

  5. jude

    Chrisitan boy…..sorry but that was a BIT cheesy. but i do agree that reaper was out of line saying ALL chrisitans are hateful. what a nice little generalization. like we need more of that in the world. Im tired of stereotypes. its ridiculous. im a christian and i am NOT hateful like that. i dont think so highly of myself that i would judge. so “Reaper”, not “everyone” of the christian faith is hateful and believe me i am frustrated with those who are and call themselves christians at the same time.

  6. ben

    There is no way this girl/guy is going to win, it’s all a publicity stunt. And as tolerant as the world gets, shell never be a top model, because noone (well just about) at the end of the day will be able to get over the fact that she’s a guy, or was born a guy.
    I don’t have a problem with homosexuals or transexuals in that I won’t treat them differently because of that. But at the end o the day I feel that it’s not quite right, and I think it’s fairly gross. You can label me ignorant, or a bigot all you want, but I’ve educated myself on the subject, I’m worldly (as many people think you need to be to have a valid opinion, which is bullshit) and I’ve thought about it with logic, but it’s stilll how I feel inside. Feelings are an emotional response, which isn’t based on logic. If that makes me a bit homophobic well then I guess I am, and I don’t care, I’m not going to lynch or gaybash so it doesn’t really matter.
    And you know what there’s plenty of people just like me, tolerance may grow, but a natural response to something that’s not normal with not go away. I think plenty of you people defending the tranny her, deep down would feel the same.
    Being a homosexual is not normal at the end of the day which ever way you cut it, it’s an anomaly. From a scientific and biological stand point, it is still wrong. If it was right then the human race would be able to procreate through gay sex. From a science standpoint the purpose of sex is to procreate, not for love, which if you speaking ‘scientifically’ is just an invention of man.
    To keep saying being gay is normal, you reinforcing this notion in peoples minds. Once again, no it’s not. It should be accepted without discrimination, but it’s not normal. That’s why I’m against gay couples having children.
    I think transsexual operation should be allowed as these people are truly unhappy with the sex they were born. But you’ll never get me to change how I feel “in the wick of my soul (to paraphrase, A Man For All Seasons)
    As I’m most likely going to be labelled as intolerant, etc, etc, I’ll just say this; 1. At least I provided reasoning for my feelings and didn’t resort to irrational name-calling as most people on BOTH sides of the argument do. 2. To the people who will call me intolerant, bigot, etc. Your reasoning is you should accept differences, and it’s their right to feel, or do as they feel. Well take your own advice and extend it to my feelings. And don’t try to flip that around on me because I don’t feel I should have to accept everything people do because it’s their freedom, if it means I must betray my feelings and emotions, and logic, so I don’t have to extend the same courtesy.
    That’s a long post, but I feel I made some good points so I hope some people have the patience to read it.

  7. lawrence

    What a hot model!She looks like a member of richromances.com where some hollywood celebrities and supermodels are seeking for love. She is on her way to romances now?

  8. NastyBedazzler

    I’d hit it. So would you.

  9. Linda

    You self righteous, know-it-all, blow hard, gasbags with your 5,000 word essay messages don’t actually expect people to read your posts do you?

  10. nephandi

    My penis is confused an wants to bury its head in a hole!

  11. Ben

    Linda. I don’t expect everyone to read the long post I wrote, but the people who were actually having a discussion around the topic at hand I think would read it, as the point raised in my ‘self righteous, know-it-all’ essay contributed to the discussion.
    It’ not my problem you’re not interested in having a constructive conversion/ argument . What I wrote is for that people who are, which is clearly not you.

  12. I have three penises. That means I can fuck sarah, ramalamadingdong, and have one left over for my wife. Or is he my husband? I forget.

    Anyway, if you can’t find this story about a dude with a dong on a chick show funny, along with the blogger’s comments that go with it, you’re a humorless shrew.

    P.S. I bet the hippies here get WAY more sex than the “moralistic” haters.

    PEACE!

  13. ph

    Ben,
    I don’t think that gay/ transgender people want you to find them “normal” because they want you to accept other people’s differences ( I don’t think they care that much). I think they want to “change” your views because its views like yours that lead people to make statements like “gays shouldn’t have children” or “gays shouldn’t be in the military”. Unfortunately, you have the power to decide these things. The reason, I think, that gays/ transgender” are “shoving their views/lifestyles” down people’s throats is because they realize how much is at stake. To you, “understanding” or learning about homosexuality/transgenderism is just an intellectual exercise or constructive debate, but to them its reality. They know you have the ability to limit their rights, so its in their best interest for you to find them “normal”. This may seem like a cliche, but whats normal and whats natural are pretty subjective. You threw out science as a way of validating why homosexuality is abnormal. That’s a pretty meaningless argument to me. But obviously not to you. You state that you’ve educated yourself about the “topic” but does this education actually include forming relationships with gay/transgender people or talking to children whose parents are gay? Because I know quite a few of these people, and they are all happy, well adjusted, and normal people. Sorry about the long post.
    P.S. I don’t think anyone here has stated that you should be tolerant of all beliefs. I think most people agree (consciously, or at least intuitively) that its counterproductive to be tolerant of intolerant beliefs. What they are asking for is empathy.

  14. judas

    Christianity:
    The belief that a Jewish cosmic zombie, who was his own father, can make you live forever if you symbolically eat his flesh and telepathically tell him you accept him as your master so he can remove an evil force from your soul that is present in humanity because a rib-woman was convinced by a talking snake to eat fruit from a magical tree.

  15. Ben

    Well I do know a few gay people, and I’m friendly with them, and they know how I feel about gay issues. Like I said, I don’t have a problem with the people at all, I just don’t unaminously agree with on all the issues.
    I don’t have a problem with gays serving in the army at all, but I don’t think gays should be allowed to have children, it’s just how I feel. Along those lines, as far as gay unions go, I think gays should be allowed all the rights of straight married couples bar a few exception. 1. Shouldn’t be allowed to have children. 2. Like I said all the same rights as straight married couples except I don’t agree with the word marriage being used to describe it. Legal Union, Legal Partnership, use what ever word you want, but I don’t agree with the word marriage being used as the definition of married is between a man and a woman.
    The reason I used science explicitly is because if I brought a hint of religion into it, I’d get labelled a bible pusher (I’m not very religious, although I believe there is something more to life). I was just using science to direct my argument towards the people who only respond to hard evidence, and science. I don’t feel as passionate about the science side than I made out, it was just to emphasis my point.
    So yeah I’m not very comfortably with homosexuality on a whole, but to the individual I don’t care at all. I also get annoyed at gay rights people who push for a certain quota to be fulfilled in the media, all that causes is the prevalence of a ‘token’ character and nothing genuine at all.
    I grow very tired of having to sensor myself in the world when I’m not spreading hate, I’m just abiding to my beliefs. Beyond stopping hatred and outright persecution, I think every group out there needs to stop continually trying to get everyone to accept them. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but I’m just tired of being told I must feel this way or I’m a homophobe, a bigot, a racist, or living in the past.

  16. Ben

    Well I do know a few gay people, and I’m friendly with them, and they know how I feel about gay issues. Like I said, I don’t have a problem with the people at all, I just don’t unaminously agree with on all the issues.
    I don’t have a problem with gays serving in the army at all, but I don’t think gays should be allowed to have children, it’s just how I feel. Along those lines, as far as gay unions go, I think gays should be allowed all the rights of straight married couples bar a few exception. 1. Shouldn’t be allowed to have children. 2. Like I said all the same rights as straight married couples except I don’t agree with the word marriage being used to describe it. Legal Union, Legal Partnership, use what ever word you want, but I don’t agree with the word marriage being used as the definition of married is between a man and a woman.
    The reason I used science explicitly is because if I brought a hint of religion into it, I’d get labelled a bible pusher (I’m not very religious, although I believe there is something more to life). I was just using science to direct my argument towards the people who only respond to hard evidence, and science. I don’t feel as passionate about the science side than I made out, it was just to emphasis my point.
    So yeah I’m not very comfortably with homosexuality on a whole, but to the individual I don’t care at all. I also get annoyed at gay rights people who push for a certain quota to be fulfilled in the media, all that causes is the prevalence of a ‘token’ character and nothing genuine at all.
    I grow very tired of having to sensor myself in the world when I’m not spreading hate, I’m just abiding to my beliefs. Beyond stopping hatred and outright persecution, I think every group out there needs to stop continually trying to get everyone to accept them. I know that sounds a bit harsh, but I’m just tired of being told I must feel this way or I’m a homophobe, a bigot, a racist, or living in the past.

  17. amy

    i really don’t care one way or the other about the gender thing.

    what i do care about:

    WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH HER LEFT ANKLE?

    she could be a gerbil. tyra is still going to end up sobbing and yelling at the tv and talking about her own ass.

  18. Lys

    164
    So fucking true.

    You forgot about the virgin mother who wasn’t a virgin until some counsil of barbarians decided that sex was a bad thing.

  19. eurotrash

    147;
    aside from muslims christians are the most hateful?!
    muslims are absolutely not more hateful than say christians or jews.
    lets just say that all three major monotheistic religions have some crazy followers that use religion as an excuse for their hateful bullshit.
    even then, historically christianity has always been the most corrupt, violent and oppressive of the three.

  20. meh

    What if that guy up in Washington state had a hysterical friend like sarah to say “ugh omg how would u feel if u got up every day knowing you you were born to take a horse cock in the ass to death? wiki bestiality, idiot.” The sex drive can get pretty warped, but that doesn’t mean we need to watch it all on TV. Maybe next Tyra could feature a guy born to make love to shoes.

  21. ph

    170: “The sex drive can get pretty warped, but that doesn’t mean we need to watch it all on TV.”

    Then turn off your tv. Its as simple as that. Also, there is a huge difference between transgenderism and bestiality. Going through an operation such as that requires the consent of a an individual who can speak for themselves. Under traditional definitions of consent, a horse is non-consenting. Therefore, bestiality is rape, which is why we will never see bestiality in mainstream tv. But considering the fact that the video you mentioned became an viral sensation which was accessible to millions, that’s kind of a moot point. Also, transgenderism doesn’t really have anything to do with sex drive. And what does shoe fetishes have to do with modeling? Unless this is a contest featuring foot models I don’t see what that has to do with anything…

  22. Dee

    It grosses me out and I think it’s kind of ridiculous, but it’s going to keep happening. If it makes that person happy, why not? You’re not affected by it.

    A lot of people don’t agree with other people’s decisions, it doesn’t mean either one of them is a bad person…

  23. Yvonda

    @133 – You are my hero.

  24. Mr. Hung Lowe

    Finally,that cow Tyra will have someone to confide in.

  25. Janine

    To: Ben (#156)
    You commented that being gay is from a scientific standpoint, not normal, ‘wrong’. Why don’t you do a little bit of research about animals? There are many different species which engage in homosexual acts, including primates. If the point of human sex was to procreate, then we would have sex only for this purpose. This is not the case with people or many other species. For humans, sex is about pleasure and intimacy, it is a very social and cultural behaviour for humans. Is it true that every time you have sex you do it for the sole purpose of making a baby? I thought not. I am a bisexual woman, and sex is about being attracted to an individual, not about procreation.

    For as long as human history has been documented, there have always been homosexuals, in every type of society. This means that it is normal. 10% of EVERY population is gay. For people that are bad with math, this means that every individual has a one in ten chance of having a homosexual child. That makes this behaviour normal. We need to get over our ignorance as a society and stop judging people that are gay. Someone else’s sexual preferences are really none of your business, anyway. Would you want others to judge you for your sexual desires and fantasies when you masturbate? Normal is subjective, and the quicker that you learn that, the more likable and open-minded of an indivdual you will become. I feel that it is true that individuals that hate on others see in them a quality which they hate in themselves. Maybe if you could learn to truly love and accept yourself, you would stop wasting your energy hating on others and do something more productive with your time and energy. Perhaps you could take a course in cultural or primate anthropology, to learn more about these issues.

  26. Janine

    Normal isn’t really subjective, normal is a trait or behavior the majority of the population have or do. But that’s not important but I really have a gripe with is you say when I learn you ‘truths’ I’ll be more like-able, since when is not having strong opinions or being open minded a prerequisite for being like-able. If i met you and we weren’t talking about this you may very well like me a whole lot more that the most open minded individual in the world.
    I strongly believe your 10% figures is grossly over inflated.
    Like I said I don’t have a problem with homosexuals, I just have some opinions that don’t unanimously agree with everything regarding their issues. Being open minded doesn’t mean you agree with everything, it means you are open to it, you can think about an issue and reject it and still be open minded, which is hat I’ve done.
    And please don’t try and give me a psychoanalysis or make assumption about my education as you did in the last paragraph, because there is not possible way you could make anything remotely accurate based on one conversation, or over the internet. And what you said if wrong just to directly address them, I am very comfortable with my sexuality and I can tell you I’m not gay, I just don’t get that feeling from guys I get from women. I also don’t waste my energy on hating, I’m just giving my opinion in a discussion, just because I difer from you on some issues I’m not wrong, and you’re open mindness should facilitate that. I don’t think you’re wrong, but I feel like you saying I am. There’s nothing wrong with being a bit conservative on some issues. Since when did being liberal turn into being correct. (And I’m not conservative, I’m actually neutral, I don’t align myself with one ideology completely as I don’t agree with all of it).
    I’ll reiterate for the third time, I’m not a homophobe, I’m not scared of homosexuals, I don’t attack them, I don’t act differently around them, and I wouldn’t not have a gay friend (I do infact have gay friends). I just don’t think it’s normal which is the truth, and I don’t think the word marriage should be used when they get unions (same rights as marriage but just using the word as it’s results in changing the meaning). And I also don’t think they should have children (exception to the same rights as people who are marriage view). Although I must confess I am rethinking the no children thing,but that doesn’t definitely mean I’ll change my mind.

  27. Ben

    Opps I meant to write Janine in the first line of my comment. Sorry that was an accident didn’t mean to write it as my name.
    last comment was by me.

  28. ph

    Ben,
    You say that applying the term marriage to a gay “union” would change the meaning. But why exactly? To me marriage is about love and support. If a gay couple who love and support each other join in this kind of partnership, to me, its just enhances the meaning of marriage, celebrating it, not changing it. If we are essentially defining the same relationship, the same kind of love, why have a different term?The narrow “qualifications” or confines you put on marriage worry me a bit, because its like turning into an exclusive club. And I’m not ok with that. Marriage and love should be about inclusitivity, not exclusivity. You write that your not comfortable with all the “issues” surrounding homosexuals. That’s fine, I don’t think that necessarily makes you a bigot or a bad person. But something thats always made me uncomfortable is the fact that I have the ability to define the relationship between homosexuals, when they essentially have no say to define my relationships. Doesn’t it kind of bother you, that just by virtue of our heterosexuality, we have that kind of privilege ? It depresses me sometimes. And I think alot of people feel this way too. So maybe that makes these feelings “normal”. I don’t know.

  29. timmothy lang

    good for her!

  30. ben

    ph you’ve raised a good point about the marriage thing. I still feel the way I did, but I think I’ll also think about it some-more and see if I come to the same conclusion. To me marriage has always been a word that applies to a man and woman. I think gays should be able to have the same union but I’m still uncomfortable calling it marriage because I still see it as a word describing a man-woman union.

  31. Lux

    @ Shammy/33: God “made you with religion”? Woah, I wonder which chromosome is in charge of THAT…
    Ok it’s obviously designed to feed the voyeurism of the viewers, but is that any different from the rest of what you can see on TV?
    Some ppl should remember that we have here a human being, created by your “loving God”… Love thy neighbor, does that ring a fucking bell? Live and let live….
    And BTW, ppl won’t decide to change sex just to have some fun, it’s not like having one’s navel pierced you morons. Just read “the second sex” by Simone de Beauvoir, at least the first hundred pages, and you’ll learn some interesting facts about genetics.

    And for those talking about ppl “wanting to be gay”… If this was a matter of choice, I bet a lot of gays/lesbians would “choose” to be straight, just to stop being bullied and/or rejected.

  32. Samson

    @ 156: Don’t say that something you can’t control is wrong. I’m gay and I’ve always been. I had no choice. I hated myself and tried to be normal many, many, many years. I always feel different and lonely. I think I don’t fit in. I don’t like the fact that I will ruin my parents dream of me having many children, since I’m an only child. I live in Mexico, a very intolerant country, and I hate the fact that I can’t hold hands in public with the one person in the world that I love and care about the most just because he’s a guy. I often think of suicide. I’m 18. I don’t like the gay “scene”, because I don’t think that there’s a need for a “scene”. I think gays shouldn’t be isolated from the world just because of they are being honest with themselves and act how they feel; isolated just like jewish people in 2nd war.
    I hate that I can’t share with most of my friends how happy I am because I strongly believe I’ve found the love of my life. I hate having to lie, having to wait for it to be dark in the movie theater so I can hold his hand. I believe in a God, not in a religion. I don’t think I’ll burn in hell for something I can’t control. “well you could just marry a women and have a normal life” some of you might say… well, let me tell you that many men and women do this and they end up cheating with other gay people. and cheating is also a sin; other get so depressed that they commit suicide, which is also a death sin. The suicide rate in gay people is far higher that on straight people. And yes, there’s gay animals and some animals like dolphins and primates have sex for pleasure, not only for having children.
    My personal hypothesis -which I want to investigate in the next years- is that as the human beings have overpopulated the planet, mother nature -evolution, call it how you like it- has created gay people in higher rates in order to control this overpopulation. Maybe God made gay people so that so many orphan kids have parents. I personally don’t trust in a bible that has been truly modified by many people. It’s a fact. Constantine the Great changed it to fit some believes and festivities of his pagan kingdom, so it would be easier for them to adopt Christianity.

    Excuse me if there are some grammar mistakes. I’m mexican, 18 and I speak spanish, english, french and I’m about to start italian classes next semester. My IQ is 140 so don’t judge me because of my age.

  33. Samson

    But I agree that being gay it’s not normal. I think being normal is subjective because it depends on the culture in which you grew up. If an american party girl that wears high heels and miniskirts goes to an Arab country she would be a total freak. That’s not normal there. But my point is that in the western culture, yeah, being gay is not normal. Maybe in Castro, San Francisco, but hey, “normal” it’s just an adjective, it doesn’t make you a better person. It just means that you are different. and if you look at all the successful people, all of them are not normal; otherwise they wouldn’t have stand out.

    @164: SO, SO FUNNY!!!, if you came out with that you should patent it or idk, because it’s OH SO GOOD.

  34. veggi

    this just wouldn’t feel right unless I posted something racist here

    but i have nothing…

  35. meridianwest

    i don’t get it why ppl need to throw in ‘my IQ is this’, ‘i speak foreign language 1, foreign language 2, foreign language 3′, etc at the end of their comments. all that accomplishes is nothing. a lot of people have an iq 140. a lot of people speak different foreign languages. u’re still an anonymous poster on the internet, whether a John Doe or Martin Scorsese.

  36. Elise

    I can’t help but notice that she still stands like something is in between her legs.

  37. oh good g-d… I knew the mere mention of this horse-faced dude would evoke all kinds of long impassioned posting. I would have loved to have been in that staff meeting after the ‘chubby-ish [read 'plus-sized'] chick finally won… hm… now what? they asked collectively… hm… who could capture america’s hearts yet still be hot? CP? MD? cyclops? full on parapalegic? nah! hello? runway?! oh I got it! Transgender! and en masse gasp in unison permeates the conf room… then a hushed YES! Ratings grabbing campaign underway. I’m sorry, but unless this fellow can pose his ass off + have an amazing walk on the runway he has no chance in hell because he’s very average…. but it’s all about the buzz isn’t it? Tyra’s gotta make her money & we’ve gotta help her…. yeay us…. how lond did we wait for the fat chick? what, 6 or so cycles? I predict a transgender ANTM winner by 2012! oh wait… crap, isn’t that when we’re supposed to blow up? damn, oh well….

    btw I don’t get LaraCroftsmole’s ethnicity/race comment @ #9… what’s your point w/ the ‘surprise surprise’?

  38. sexybaps

    to all yall haterz the girl looks good n u see how i say girl everyone has the right to live as they feel only god can judge not u haterz all the hatein u hatein on her keep doin it cause by u hatein she is becoming famous u go girl with ur fine self most of the bitches hatein on u are jelous n tyra u did a good thing by not judgein her for wat she really is n u got my respect for dat ISSIS GIRL KEEP UR HEAD UP EVEN WHEN THINGS GET HARD NEVER GIVE UP QUITER NEVER WIN AND A WINNER NEVER QUIT

  39. shay

    i dissagree with the person who said that most negro women look like transvestites,I think that 90%white american women look so much like transvestites and thats without make up.i agree that some black women with a lot of makeup and thin eyebrows do look like transvestites and i quote only with lots of makeup on,and just because we age so beautifully we dont need makeup,so thats why when we do wear it it makes us look so unnatural.

  40. shay

    @112 I have one more thing to say about the comment,I don,t know what race u are but if you are a women and walking around with a big nose,that in itself is manly and as u know it a lot of white,latino indian,etc.women have gigantic nose and that is not faminine to me period sorry.

  41. shay

    @112 I have one more thing to say about the comment,I don,t know what race u are but if you are a women and walking around with a big nose,that in itself is manly and as u know it a lot of white,latino indian,etc.women have gigantic nose and that is not faminine to me period sorry.

  42. shay

    @112 I have one more thing to say about the comment,I don,t know what race u are but if you are a women and walking around with a big nose,that in itself is manly and as u know it a lot of white,latino indian,etc.women have gigantic nose and that is not faminine to me period sorry.

  43. Francesca

    a transgender model who “identifies herself as ‘a woman born physically male.’”

    In other words, a man.

  44. That tyra is a jumped up self absorbed cunt she has all her faggy mates on her lame ass show which generalises gay people they are not all mincy squealy botoxed wannabes like the tragic gay bitches she surrounds herslf with.

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