|Born||December 31, 1998|
Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.
Schafer was born in Trenton, New Jersey, 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. She has three younger siblings: two sisters and a brother.
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. 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. In her senior year, Schafer was a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
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." In regards to her sexuality, Schafer has said that she is closer to what people might call a lesbian.
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.
In 2019, Schafer was cast in the HBO series Euphoria, 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. 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.
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". 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.
|2019–present||Euphoria||Jules Vaughn||Main cast; Co-writer: "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"|
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