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Munroe Bergdorf

Model and Activist
Munroe Bergdorf is a model and social activist best known for channelling a unique kind of honesty while raising awareness of social issues affecting thousands of people across the world. Through public speaking, digital and mainstream media, Bergdorf shares her experience talking about sensitive subjects and topics some perceive as ‘taboo’; challenging stereotypes on gender, race, diversity, and sexuality.

When L’Oreal ended its partnership with Bergdorf in summer 2017 her story became global news. She was the first transgender model to be selected to front a UK beauty campaign, a project that would promote diversity and inclusiveness. But when the model’s views on white privilege and systemic racism were sold to the press and became an international news story, the brand decided to end their partnership.

This encouraged Bergdorf to push forward in her activism and modelling career. Since this, she has spoken at several key panels on diversity and race including at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. In February, she was appointed LGBT+ advisor to Dawn Butler Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. She has shot campaigns for Illamasqua, Missguided and Rayban, has closed both New York and London Fashion Weeks’ catwalk shows, Weeks, been featured in numerous global publications including American Vogue, and Sunday Times Style, and most recently had her own documentary commissioned by a major UK network (to be announced in Spring 2018). She regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes a for publications including Grazia, Them, and The Guardian.

Munroe's new documentary, What Makes a Woman, airs on Wednesday, May 16th at 10 PM on Channel 4.