News & Opinion | September 17, 2018 11:39 am

Europe’s Next Kendall Jenner Wants Fans To Know She is Transgender

Emma Ellingsen wants to "normalize the fact that some people are transgender."

Emma Ellingsen
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Emma Ellingsen is the latest Scandinavian It girl, despite that fact that she lives an hour outside Oslo and has never even been to a Fashion Week. The 17-year-old has 250,000 followers on Instagram and 250,000 subscribers on YouTube purely as a grassroots phenom.

 

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Ellingsen was already making a name for herself before she took a break from her usual YouTube videos to upload her first-ever in English, simply titled “I’M TRANSGENDER,” last June, reports W Magazine. 

Rather than hurting her popularity, Ellingsen’s follower count has continued to surge.

Ellingsen was signed this summer to Heartbreak Management, an agency that represents models like Lexi Boling. She said she is going to take the next year off from school in order to focus on modeling and star in an upcoming Norwegian series.

“Well, also because I made that video in English, I got a lot of comments from people from other countries saying things like, “This is not right.” But I was very prepared for it,” Ellingsen told W Magazine. “I knew I was going to get some hate from people from outside of Norway, because it’s a very open country and everyone’s pretty supportive here, which I know isn’t true for everywhere. And then here were also a lot of people who would tell me they’d seen the video and were also trans, and some people from Norway who’ve told me that what I do has inspired them to come out and be themselves, which makes me very happy.”

 

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She said that posting her coming out video in English was partially so that she could reach a wider audience and “normalize the fact that some people are transgender.”

 

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