7 transgender models on why it’s so important for them to be seen right now

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Transgender visibility in media is at an all-time high. There are celebrities like Laverne Cox, who has a starring role on Netflix’s hugely popular Orange is the New Black. There have been award-winning movies and television shows focused around trans people including Tangerine and TLC’s I Am Jazz. At the Democratic National Convention this year, Sarah McBride made history by being the first out transgender person to address a major political party’s convention. 

But amidst all this progress, perhaps the less discussed shift is the obvious surge of transgender models walking the runway and booking campaigns. This past fashion week saw more transgender models booked than ever before. 

To get a peek into this ever-growing industry, Mic spoke with a number of trans models working today. In the previous edition of this series on trans modeling, the models talked about why 2017 will be their year. This time around, they speak out on why it’s so important for them to be seen right now. 


7 transgender models on why it’s so important for them to be seen right now

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Vaping’s Long-Term Effects: Here’s what the experts say

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The debate over electronic cigarettes rages on, despite the vaping industry’s best efforts to promote its value in decreasing the use of tobacco cigarettes. Proponents of e-cigs argue that the technology is safer than traditional cigarettes and can be used to quit smoking altogether. The scientific community is beginning to see things differently, however. Its consensus: vaping is a scam. 

The myth of e-cigarettes as a safe alternative

“The evidence consistently shows that, while some people successfully quit smoking with e-cigarettes, most people using e-cigarettes have their chances of quitting conventional cigarettes reduced by about 30%,” Dr. Stanton Glantz, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco’s Center of Tobacco Control Research and Education, told Mic. “The most dangerous thing about e-cigarettes is that they keep people smoking cigarettes.”

Dr. Glantz conceded the possibility of e-cigs as a way to transition from tobacco cigarettes, but argued that the bulk of e-cig users are what are referred to as “dual users” — consumers who smoke both e-cigs and traditional cigarettes. 


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18 Diseases The World Has Turned Its Back On

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This article is part HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to eliminate them.

More than 1 billion people on the planet suffer from illnesses that the world pays little attention to.

Neglected tropical diseases are a group of at least 18 diseases that primarily affect people living in poverty in tropical regions of the world and are virtually unknown elsewhere, according to the World Health Organization.

These are diseases like river blindness, which has infected 18 million people worldwide and caused blindness in 270,000 people; or elephantiasis, a leading cause of disability worldwide, which affects over 120 million people and can cause severe swelling of the body parts, usually the legs or the scrotum.


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Photo of sushi, a dish that includes raw fish. Foodborne trematodiases are caused by worms, which people get by eating raw fish, shellfish or vegetables with larvae.



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Destroy a Nation

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A country with men who sacrifice the tranquility and welfare of the country for revenge and love of dominion cause much trouble, the terrible and worse scourge imaginable.

Nothing does more towards the making of a nation an easy prey to a common enemy than intestine broils and contests for the sovereignty.

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At Least 9 Dead, More Missing After Fire During California Warehouse Party

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Anxious families were awaiting word Saturday on whether their loved ones had escaped a raging inferno in Oakland, California, after at least nine people were killed during a late-night party at a converted warehouse.

At least two dozen people remained unaccounted for, officials said. “We expect the number of deceased to go up,” said Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly. “This is a very, very sensitive time.”

Emergency responders have had to delicately trudge through the rubble in the search for more victims, Kelly said. He described a twisted mass of beams, wires, and wood that he called a “maze.”


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Tough truths about plastic pollution

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Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives — and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.



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