Hari Nef: 'My body isn't that interesting'
Hari Nef wants her body to be the least interesting thing about her.
The 23-year-old was the first transgender model to sign with high profile agency IMG Models, who also manage Gisele Bundchen and Gigi Hadid. Since making her runway debut last year (15), Hari has gone on to walk for the likes of Gucci, Eckhaus Latta and Adam Selman, and also landed a campaign for cult brand Mansur Gavriel.
Now two years into her physical transformation into a female body, the Columbia University drama graduate says, despite the publicity that surrounds her, her body is the least interesting thing about her.
“If my body can fall into the background for just a second, maybe people will start listening to what I have to say,” she explained to Britain’s Elle magazine.
Hari, who has appeared in hit U.S. TV show Transparent, reveals she always felt like a female, and her mother has been supportive, and never shamed her for taking an interest in fashion.
“She loves clothes and labels,” smiled Hari, as she talked about her mother. “The materials were just around me. The magazines, the clothes, the fragrances on her body it was in my space.”
As such, the opportunity to walk for Gucci was a big moment for the model, who admits to moments of self doubt, not just due to the audience reaction, but also because she didn’t think she looked the part.
“But in the end it was great. Alessandro (Michele, Gucci’s creative director) put me in a look that I felt very safe in (a giant red cape) and I felt protected, cocooned, and powerful. It deleted my body in a way that I like with clothes,” she shared.
While Hari’s back story to transitioning is not is not one of trauma, she comes from a “white, financially stable family”, she realises how fortunate she is, admitting it bothers her that Caitlyn Jenner is a Republican.
“The question I have for Caitlyn is what does being a woman mean to you?… As a woman who is your community of women? Are the women from low income houses who are disenfranchised by Republican politics - are those women your women?”