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Model Gets Fired for Making ‘Transphobic’ Comments – Then She Comes Out as Transgender

Model Gets Fired for Making ‘Transphobic’ Comments – Then She Comes Out as Transgender

A high-fashion model came out as a transgender last week after allegedly being fired by her agency for criticizing trans women.

Carissa Pinkston, 20, eventually apologized for several “transphobic” posts shared in June to her more than 35,000 followers on Instagram.

“Trans women will never know the pain of menstrual pain, pregnancy, etc. women have to be distinguished,” Pinkston said in one of the controversial posts. In another, she averred that “being Transgender does NOT make you a woman. It makes you simply a transgender.”

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Users on social media were outraged by the model’s comments. In July, Pinkston said her agency, Elite Model Management, booted her over the remarks.

The firing spurred Pinkston to make another post on Instagram, since-deleted, in which she announced that she was transgender.

“I wasn’t ready to come about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” she wrote. “I’m Transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my Life as a female ever since. It’s been very hard to keep this secret but what I said about Trans-Women is a direct reflection of my inner securities and I have since come to realize that I am a Woman. WE ALL ARE!”

Her gender identity declaration was met with skepticism from friends, fellow models and members of the trans community.

“Imagine being a model who got exposed for being a raging transphobe/saying estremely transphobic shit in the past and then resorting to LYING ABOUT BEING TRANSGENDER ONLINE FOR CLOUT IN ATTEMPT TO SAVE YOUR CAREER …?” transgender model Aaron Philip, who is represented by Elite Model Management, tweeted.


“I know this person irl and she is SO CISGENDER,” Philip added.

On Saturday, Pinkston issued an apology and appeared to admit that she had lied about being transgender.

“I apologize for any Transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the Trans Community,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “I panicked and I thought if I came out as Trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse.”

The Carissa Pinkston controversy and the “trans women are women” debate

Pinkston’s initial comments, as well as the subsequent backlash surrounding them, highlight one of the most contentious aspects in the modern transgender debate.

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While “trans women are women” is a commonly heard refrain among LGBT activists, critics say such an enjoinder denies basic biological reality.

Among progressives, the belief that gender isn’t binary is well-established. And the notion that it’s not possible to designate individuals as male or female based on immutable biological characteristics at birth appears to be following suit.


Cover image: Cara Pinkston. (Instagram)



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