America' s Next Top Model contestant, Isis by Jim De Yonker/The CW
The new season of
America's Next Top Model
will include Isis, the show's first transgender contestant.
"My cards were dealt differently," Isis, 22, told
. The aspiring model is from Prince George's County, Maryland, and describes herself as "a woman born physically male."
Her turn as the show's first transgender contestant, though, isn't why she's getting on the
runway. "I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams," she said.
Yet, GLAAD leadership is still applauding her addition to this year's group of models wannabes. "We applaud
and The CW for making this historic visibility of transgender people possible," president Neil Giuliano said.
Will the addition of Isis change the game for transgender models on - and off the show? -