US-based transgender model Aaron Phillip has been unveiled as the new face of Moschino. The Italian fashion house announced the news on social media, posting.
‘Trans model Aaron Phillip has been announced as the face of Moschino’s AW20 campaign. Now THAT’S a serve, honey….
The black-and-white imagery, shot by Luigi & Iango under Creative Director Jeremy Scott, shows Philip in a towering, braided beehive while wearing Moschino’s Marie Antoinette-style hooded dress and leather motorcycle jacket. Another look sees the New York model in knee-high boots and late 1700s-inspired ruffles. Lifted from Moschino’s Fall 2020 runway, these looks were inspired by the French Revolution with Scott’s signature punk twist.
Aaron, who you may remember from Miley Cyrus’s “Mother’s Daughter” music video, is the first Black, transgender, and physically disabled model to sign to a big agency. The Moschino autumn/winter 2020 collection will mark the 19-year-old’s first big splash for a high-fashion campaign.
Since joining the renowned Elite Model Management last September, the 17-year-old has shot editorial for i-D magazine and was in Teen Vogue’s “21 Under 21,” among much else.
Born with cerebral palsy and identifying as a gender-non-conforming trans woman, Philip is an unprecedented force in mainstream fashion. Although she consistently rejects the activist label (“I’m not an activist,” she once tweeted, “I just give a f*** lol.”), the Antigua-born model is nonetheless vocal about her high expectations for the industry.
Aside from her dedicated online following, the model’s rise is traced back to a viral 2017 tweet, now shared more than 25,000 times, in which she declared: “honestly when I get scouted/discovered by a modelling agency it’s OVER for y’all!”