Oxygen orders reality series on transgender models

44 Blue, One Ho Productions and Whoopi Goldberg (pictured) are teaming up on a series about models signed to the world's first exclusively transgender modeling agency.
May 24, 2016

44 Blue Productions, One Ho Productions and executive producer Whoopi Goldberg (pictured) are teaming up to produce a reality series on transgender models for Oxygen.

Strut will follow a group of fashion models signed to Slay Model Management, the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. The series will debut on the NBCUniversal-owned cable network later in the year.

Goldberg and One Ho’s Tom Leonardis are exec producing alongside 44 Blue’s Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Bobby Sizemore.

“This show is important right now, because for all of the positive advances the community has made and continues to make, transgender is still a hot-button word that gets people hysterical,” Goldberg said in a statement.

“People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person, and this series will give viewers a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world,” she added.

Strut follows on the heels of transgender-focused reality series such as E!’s I Am Cait, TLC’s I Am Jazz and Discovery Life’s New Girls on the Block.

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