Transgender Model Graces National Geographic Cover

And she’s only Nine!

With the rising understanding of both gender and sexuality as a spectrum of experience, National Geographic has now delved headfirst into the cultural conversation by featuring its first Transgender Cover Girl.

The entire January 2017 issue will be dedicated to exploring the widening horizon of gender identities, and how recent gender understanding impacts our daily experience, for better or worse.

To quote Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg “We wanted to look at how traditional gender roles play out all over the world, but also look into gender as a spectrum. There’s lots of coverage on celebrities, but there wasn’t an understanding on real people and the issues we face every day in classrooms or workplaces in regards to gender.”

Introducing, Avery Jackson.

The Nine-year-old Cover Girl, Avery Jackson, is quoted below as having said “The best thing about being a girl is, now I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”

via Robin Hammond / National Geographic

Avery shared her story of transition over Social Media at the young age of seven.

Don’t you just love the Pink Hair!

via The Next Family

You can take a sneak peek into the articles the issue will cover.

“How Today’s Toys May Be Harming Your Daughter’s Brain” is an article about how the gendering of toys may reinforce outmoded gender ideals into young children, especially young girls.

via Dan Forbes / National Geographic

A special issue of the magazine stars a pretty powerful cover.

It features a bunch of individuals stretching across the gender spectrum, breaking the myth of the “male” and “female” gender dichotomy.

via National Geographic

It’s just brilliant that the National Geographic is dedicating an entire issue to this very current and relevant topic. What do you think?