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Transgender twin models who took London Fashion Week by storm say gendered fashion is out

Madelyn and Margo Whitley – twin sisters and both transgender women – say gendered fashion is on its way out.

The 22-year-olds made an impact at London Fashion Week and getting ready to walk at Milan Fashion Week next.

“In my circle and on the runway everything is blending together whatever you want to do, you can,” Madelyn, known as Maddie, said. “Gendered fashion is going out.”

This is reflected in the wider fashion industry, with major brands like Gucci and Prada combining their male and female collections into one show.

Margo said seeing trans models like them “brings awareness to trans people just existing – and not just talking about trans issues.

“It gives exposure to trans people just being themselves and doing their jobs. It normalises it and inspires people – [by] inspiring trans kids to be themselves or getting into fashion.”

They both walked at the David Koma show at London Fashion Week, Margo walked for Erdem and Madelyn for Yuhan Wang.

“It was really fun. We have never been able to run around London. London is huge and the tube is a nightmare,” Margo said.

She described designer David Koma as “so cool”.

Saying: “I want to work with him again. The clothes were so cute and it felt so young and fun and applicable to real fashion.”

The pair are popular on TikTok, with 432k followers between them, and say the social media platform helps increase trans visability.

“TikTok and Gen Z are getting more and more experimental breaking down the boundary,” Margo said.

“We are catching up with the runway now, but some [fashion] houses are outdated with it. Newer designers are coming out all the time and listening to, and working with, pop culture.”

But she believes there’s still work to be done.

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