Geena Rocero is a professional model for fashion and beauty companies around the world. And she uses her platform to share a powerful story.

Why you should listen

As Cameron Russell puts it, professional models are people who have won the genetic lottery, born with the DNA for long legs, great skin and dazzling smiles. The advertising industry presents these gorgeous folks as idealized versions of ourselves to sell us clothes, makeup, cars. But behind the fabulousness, there's always an interesting story.

Born in Manila, Geena Rocero moved to New York in 2005 to pursue a modeling career. Signed to Next Models, she has worked with Rimmel Cosmetics, Hanes, and many other fashion and beauty companies. Through her own experience into womanhood, she realized her bigger purpose in life was to share her journey and work towards justice and beauty.

Geena Rocero’s TED talk

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7 talks on the transgender experience

June 8, 2015

Alice Miller was born in a body that didn’t feel like hers. Every day, Yee Won Chong has to debate whether to use the men’s restroom or the women’s. Geena Rocero found success as a fashion model — but kept her birth gender a secret for nearly a decade, fearing what others would think. All […]

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TED Talks in context

You get to decide if you’re an inspiration or not

June 9, 2014

In her TED Talk, "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much," comedian and disability advocate Stella Young explains why "inspiration porn" is such a downer. For Emily McManus, she brought to mind two other TED speakers, and a useful insight.

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How should we talk about transgender issues?

March 31, 2014

Geena Rocero did a pretty bold thing at TED2014: She came out. The transgender fashion model chose Vancouver to reveal to the world that she was assigned male at birth. “I am here exposed … to help others live without shame and terror,” she says in today’s talk. The trans community has had a spotlight […]

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