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'Pose' Star Indya Moore Becomes the First Trans Person to Cover Elle Magazine

Actress Indya Moore at the Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week show.
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Indya Moore attends the Louis Vuitton show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Pose star Indya Moore may only be 24 years old, but the actress continues to break barriers.

This month, she's on the cover of Elle Magazine, making history as the first trans person to cover the famed fashion magazine.

For transgender model and star of @poseonfx @indyamoore, survival mode has always been the default. "I don't know who I am outside of someone who's just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others," she told ELLE for our June issue. Link in bio to read the full story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE June 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Cover star: @indyamoore⁣ Photographer: @zoeygrossman⁣ Stylist: @charlesvarenne⁣ Wearing: @louisvuitton ⁣ Hair: @hoshounkpatin, @prose⁣ Makeup: @makeupvincent⁣ Nails: @marisacarmichael, @essie⁣ Produced by: Michelle Hynek at Crawford & Co Productions.

10.9k Likes, 89 Comments - ELLE Magazine (@elleusa) on Instagram: "For transgender model and star of @poseonfx @indyamoore, survival mode has always been the default...."

Moore, who is nonbinary and prefers the pronoun "they," but was ok with the use of "she" and "her," for the article, is part of the FX show, which features more trans actors than any other scripted show in television history.

She's aware of the impact of the show as well as her being on such a public platform. She tells the magazine that the weight of social justice and advocating for the voiceless is heavy on her shoulders, especially considering her upbringing with parents who could not accept her for who she was and her decision to enter foster care at 14.

@indyamoore on her family's reaction when she started displaying feminine behaviors as a child: "Because I was assigned male at birth, they expected me to be masculine or to perform the way they thought young boys should perform. And I did not. They didn't understand. They had never experienced what it was like to have a family member who was genderqueer." Link in bio for the June cover story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE June 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Cover star: @indyamoore⁣ Photographer: @zoeygrossman⁣ Stylist: @charlesvarenne⁣ Wearing: @maisonvalentino ⁣ Hair: @hoshounkpatin, @prose⁣ Makeup: @makeupvincent⁣ Nails: @marisacarmichael, @essie⁣ Produced by: Michelle Hynek at Crawford & Co Productions.

5,510 Likes, 29 Comments - ELLE Magazine (@elleusa) on Instagram: "@indyamoore on her family's reaction when she started displaying feminine behaviors as a child:..."

“I don't know how to have fun," she admits. "I don’t know what my favorite restaurant is. When I’m around people having conversations about their day, I’m looking at them, like, ‘What could they possibly be talking about? How are we not talking about deconstructing white supremacy right now? How are we not trying to save trans people?’ ” She goes on. “I don’t know who I am outside of someone who’s just trying to be free and find safety for myself and for others.”

"I have to [twerk]," @indyamoore said during her ELLE interview dance break. "I'm claiming my cultural space in this dress. That's how you know I'm from the Bronx. I'm twerking one ass-cheek. That's talent." Link in bio for the June cover story.⁣ ⁣ ELLE June 2019:⁣ Editor-in-chief: @ninagarcia⁣ Cover star: @indyamoore⁣ Photographer: @zoeygrossman⁣ Stylist: @charlesvarenne⁣ Wearing: @dior Hair: @hoshounkpatin, @prose⁣ Makeup: @makeupvincent, @diormakeup⁣ Nails: @marisacarmichael, @essie⁣ Produced by: Michelle Hynek at Crawford & Co Productions.

7,987 Likes, 29 Comments - ELLE Magazine (@elleusa) on Instagram: ""I have to [twerk]," @indyamoore said during her ELLE interview dance break. "I'm claiming my..."

For Moore, life hasn't been easy. She's open in the interview about dealing with being a victim of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence and abandonment. But with her newfound position as a voice for underrepresented people, she's found light in her life and has even begun reconciling with her mother.

“I just knew my life was going to change,” she says. “I knew I had a chance to teach the world something that would help more people to be safe.”