Geena Rocero

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Geena Rocero
Model Geena Rocero Coming out Transgender (13563189244).jpg
Geena Rocero takes the stage in New York City to come out as transgender on International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 2014.
Born 1983/1984 (age 34–35)[1]
Manila, Philippines
Nationality American
Occupation supermodel, advocate, organizational founder
Years active 2002 to present
Organization Gender Proud

Geena Rocero (born 1983 or 1984)[1] is a Filipino American supermodel, TED speaker, and transgender advocate[2] based in New York City.[3] Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and aid organization that stands up for the right of transgender people worldwide to "self-identify with the fewest possible barriers". She is transgender.

Personal life[edit]

Geena Rocero was born in Manila, Philippines to a working-class family. She started competing in beauty pageants at age 15.[4][5]

Rocero immigrated to San Francisco, California at age 17. In 2005, Geena Rocero moved to New York City,[6] and she became a U.S. citizen in 2006.[7]


Rocero was discovered by a fashion photographer in a restaurant on the Lower East Side of Manhattan when she was 21 years old. She was then signed to top agency NEXT Model Management and spent 12 years modeling for international swimsuit and beauty editorials, earning herself a large fan base.[8]

In 2014, Rocero was featured on the fifth anniversary cover of C☆NDY magazine along with 13 other transgender women: Janet Mock, Carmen Carrera, Laverne Cox, Isis King, Gisele Alicea, Leyna Ramous, Dina Marie, Nina Poon, Juliana Huxtable, Niki M’nray, Pêche Di, Carmen Xtravaganza and Yasmine Petty.[9]

Adding to her résumé in 2015, Rocero became Executive Producer of “Beautiful As I Want To Be,” a digital series for Logo focused on transgender youth.[2] The show spotlights young trans people, and pairs them with a coach or mentor in the trans community. In the first episode, Zeam, a young trans man and artist, is paired with Caitlyn Jenner.[2] Jenner in the episode mentions Rocero as "the first trans person I ever met".[10] Rocero has also been featured on Jenner's show I Am Cait. [11]

In 2016 Rocero and Tracey Norman became the first two openly transgender models to appear on the cover of an edition of Harper’s Bazaar.[12]


In 2014, Rocero launched Gender Proud, "an advocacy & awareness campaign that aims to advance the rights of all transgender individuals".[5] On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender while giving a TED talk in New York City.[13] On September 19, 2014, excerpts of Rocero's TED talk were featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour podcast.[14]

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