Bangkok's Apple Model Management (AMM) is seeking to ride the wave of successful transgender models including Andreja Pejic, Hari Nef and Lea T by opening their first shop in the USA, according to Mashable.
Thailand has been hosting the famous 'Miss International Queen' transgender competition for contestants from all over the world for the past 10 years and has been known in its openness to the gay and transgender community.
As a result, Apple Model Management opened the first of its kind, full transgender model division, with the goal of giving transgender models an international stage to work worldwide and to globally represent Thailand and South East Asia.
The open attitude to transgender people in buddhist Thailand is what new LA director, Cecilio Asuncion, hopes to bring to LA.
"It's slowly changing," he told Mashable. "[Thailand] is a buddhist culture so it's more forgiving of trans people." What does he hope to bring to LA? "We want equality in the workplace," he says.
The agency now has six models who are both male and female transgender and they are looking for more.
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