Hunter Schafer

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Hunter Schafer
Hunter Schafer - Suru Suru video, July 2021.png
Schafer in July 2021
Born (1998-12-31) December 31, 1998 (age 22)[1]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • activist
Years active2017–present
Modeling information
Agency
  • Community (New York)
  • Why Not Model Management (Milan)
  • Premier Model Management (London)[2]

Hunter Schafer (born December 31, 1998) is an American fashion model, actress, and LGBTQ rights activist.[3] In 2019, she made her acting debut portraying Jules in the HBO series Euphoria.

Early life[edit]

Schafer was born in Trenton, New Jersey,[4] to parents Katy and Mac Schafer. Her father is a pastor, and their family moved between churches and congregations in New Jersey, Arizona, and finally Raleigh, North Carolina.[5] She has three younger siblings: two sisters and a brother.[6]

While in high school, she protested against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.[7]

Schafer is a trans woman. In an interview, she said that the Internet helped her cope with her gender identity, turning to YouTube and social media to learn about people's transition timelines.[8] She graduated from the High School Visual Arts program at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017, having transferred there from Needham B. Broughton High School.[9] In her senior year, Schafer was a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.[10]

She has stated, "I do like people to know that I'm not a cis girl because that's not something that I am or feel like I am. I'm proud to be a trans person."[11] In regards to her sexuality, Schafer has said that she is closer to what people might call a lesbian.[12]

Career[edit]

Schafer has modeled for Prada, Dior, Miu Miu, Calvin Klein, Rick Owens, Helmut Lang, Tommy Hilfiger, Thierry Mugler, Coach, Maison Margiela, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versus Versace, Emilio Pucci, Ann Demeulemeester, and Erdem, among other fashion houses.[13][14][15][16]

For her activism, Teen Vogue listed Schafer on its "21 Under 21" list in 2017, and granted her an interview with former United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[17]

In 2019, Schafer was cast in the HBO series Euphoria,[18] marking her acting debut. She received praise for her performance in the series, and the Primetime Emmy Awards came under fire for omitting her from the nominations along with other transgender actors.[19] Aside from her leading role in the series, she also co-wrote an episode with the show's creator Sam Levinson. Additionally, she collaborated with him so that her character and the show's story reflected her experience.[8][20]

In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named her among the fifty heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".[21][22] In 2021, Time named her to its Next list of "100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future", with a tribute written by costar Zendaya.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019–present Euphoria Jules Vaughn Main cast; Co-writer: "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"
TBA Cuckoo TBA Pre-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ "At 22, Hunter Schafer Is Already a Gen Z Style Star". Vogue.com. December 31, 2020. Archived from the original on December 31, 2020. Retrieved December 31, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hunter Schafer – Model". Models.com. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ "Rising Model Hunter Schafer is Fighting for the Future of Trans Individuals on and off the Runway". Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hunter Schafer Swears She's Not as Cool as Jules on 'Euphoria'—but We Strongly Disagree". Cosmopolitan. August 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Kilbane, Brennan (August 11, 2020). "Hunter Schafer: "Trying to Feel Seen Has Been the Project of My Life"". Allure. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ Blyth, Ann (November 30, 2017). "This transgender teen sued NC over HB2. Now she's in Teen Vogue with Hillary Clinton". News & Observer. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  7. ^ Schafer, Hunter (March 31, 2017). "Trans activist hunter schafer on why she's fighting for much more than bathrooms". Vice.
  8. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel (June 21, 2019). "Trans Superstar Hunter Schafer on Her Moment of 'Euphoria'". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Clark, Jess (March 29, 2017). "HB2's education impact: Life more complicated for students in transition". WRAL.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "Semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program" (PDF).
  11. ^ "Is Hunter Schafer trans?". Archived from the original on August 5, 2019. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  12. ^ Meet the stars of our spring 2019 Infinite Identities issue, archived from the original on August 26, 2019, retrieved September 7, 2019
  13. ^ "Meet Versus Versace's new gang of multi-talented muses". September 2017. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ Silver, Dena (February 7, 2018). "46 New Models to Look Out for at New York Fashion Week". The Observer. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Tai, Cordelia (October 11, 2018). "Report: The Spring 2019 Runways Were the Most Racially Diverse Ever, but Europe Still Has a Major Age and Body Diversity Problem". The Fashion Spot. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (June 21, 2018). "Marc Jacobs celebrates Pride with #GratefulNotHateful campaign". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Hillary Clinton Talks Equality, Feminism, and Changing the World with Our 21 Under 21 Nominees". Teen Vogue. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Zendaya Set for Lead Role in HBO Pilot 'Euphoria,' 11 Others Cast". June 5, 2018.
  19. ^ "Emmys Snub Transgender Stars of Pose, Euphoria". The Advocate. July 28, 2020. Archived from the original on August 9, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  20. ^ Sharma, Jeena (June 13, 2019). "Hunter Schafer: Leading the Charge for Femme Representation". Paper. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  21. ^ "Queerty Pride50 2020 Honorees". Queerty. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  22. ^ Reddish, David (June 1, 2020). "Meet the world-class performers who are diversifying LGBTQ representation". Queerty. Archived from the original on July 31, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  23. ^ Zendaya (February 17, 2021). "Hunter Schafer". TIME. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2020.

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