India’s First Transgender Modeling Agency

Though they’re officially recognized as a third gender by the Indian government, “hijras”—a transgender group specific to South Asia—still face harsh prejudices by mainstream society. Rudrani Chettri (who identifies as a hijra) is aiming to dissolve that discrimination through her charity, Mitr Trust. By raising £5,000, Chettri hopes to set up a transgender modeling agency to help hijras find sustainable and safe employment. Dazed recently spoke to Chettri about the transgender community and her ongoing initiatives.