Transgender Filmmaker Lana Wachowski Stuns in Marc Jacobs's New Ad (PHOTO)

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Another beautiful step forward for the transgender community was announced yesterday when fashion designer Marc Jacobs revealed the first portrait from his Spring/Summer 2016 campaign, starring openly trans -- and completely gorgeous -- filmmaker Lana Wachowski!

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Wachowski, who has co-directed (with her brother Andy) such huge Hollywood flicks as The Matrix and Cloud Atlas, looks absolutely lovely in this first photo -- and Jacobs's words are absolutely lovely, too. Check out his post:

This season’s ad campaign represents a series of connected events; a visual narrative. It is a personal diary of people who have and continue to inspire me and open my mind to different ways of seeing and thinking. The spectrum of individuals photographed in our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign represent a celebration of my America. In collaboration with photographer David Sims and stylist Katie Grand, the people featured in our campaign personify this collection of fashion through their individuality. Collectively, they embody and celebrate the spirit and beauty of equality. It is with an overwhelmingly full heart that I share this first portrait of our Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Lana Wachowski. I was first introduced to Lana via YouTube in December 2012. The speech Lana gave to accept the Human Rights Campaign, Visibility Award, (October 20, 2012) was utterly profound in its script and her articulate, brilliant and timeless delivery. She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana’s words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends. In the days before our Spring/Summer ‘16 fashion show and through a fateful series of communications, much to my incomprehensible delight, Lana accepted an invitation to our show in New York City and thus I took her, “fashion show virginity.” Lana’s ineffable beauty captured by David in this portrait reminds me of the personal sentiment she shared with me about, “learning you can make important friends at anytime in your life.”

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Such a sweet message. And while it might be easy to dismiss the campaign as nothing more than a marketing move (after all, transgender politics and celebs have been big news over the past year), Jacobs seems sincere; he's said that he was profoundly inspired when Wachowski came out during her acceptance speech for the Visibility Award at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign's annual gala dinner. So inspired, in fact, that he watched Wachowski's speech nine times (as he told told Vanity Fair). And he elaborated on how much it meant to him in an Instagram post:

She expressed thoughts and ideas that have filled my head and heart always but had never been so eloquently captured in language that was so tangible, intelligent, poignant and full of possibility. I found myself referencing Lana's words in my daily life and sharing her speech with close friends.

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So clearly the designer chose to feature Wachowski in his campaign because he's a huge fan -- and, of course, because she's beautiful! (That hair!!) What a stunning tribute to a very brave and talented soul. Here's hoping more designers follow his lead!

 

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