Isis King Is Transgender America’s Next Top Model Contestant

November 17, 2008

Meet Isis King, the first transgender contestant on the hit reality television show “America’s Next Top Model”. See her biography, photos and video here.

On November 18, 2008, Isis will be on “The Tyra Banks Show” where Tyra will interview her about being transgendered. Tyra will also be paying for Isis’ sex-change surgery. Of being transgendered, she says, “I feel like I really was born in the wrong body, and it’s just the one thing that makes me feel uncomfortable.”

Isis King Biography

As a biography, Isis King was born Darrell Walls on October 1, 1985, so her age is 23. She grew up in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her measurements are 5’7″. She has an associate degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She currently works as a program assistant for a non-profit organization.

Isis appeared on the latest season of “America’s Next Top Model”, the reality show looking for the top model of the future, hosted by Tyra Banks. Before landing on “America’s Next Top Model”, she briefly lived in a transitional living shelter in New York City. While homeless and living at The Ali Forney Center in 2007, the show filmed an episode which featured several homeless youth modeling couture. Isis was one of the homeless models, and was handpicked after that to appear in the next season. She was eliminated about half way through the show after a photo shoot that required the models to pose in the water. Isis told the judges that she was concerned that her man parts might fall out of her bathing suit. The failed photo shoot resulted in her leaving the show.

Isis will soon receive the surgery that will transform her completely into a woman. She had held off on the procedure before because of its prohibitive cost, which ranges from $20,000 to $35,000.

Isis’ outlook is happy. She says,

“With confidence comes happiness. I have the gift to draw, sew, paint, model. I consider myself spiritual, and I pray. When I have my surgery, I will be completely happy.”

See more photos and a video from “America’s Next Top Model” below.

Isis King Video – “America’s Next Top Model”

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