Activist. Educator. Cultural Climate Changer.

Teddy Quinlivan was already slaying runways on behalf of Prada and Louis Vuitton when she decided to flip fear the bird, take on hate, and come out as transgender through an interview with CNN. Even with her ascendant career at stake, Teddy was determined to counter the increasingly perilous political climate of hate and use her platform to stand firm on behalf of transgender people.

Fortunately, the support she found has been emphatic, inspiring, and forceful enough to forge a cultural climate change. Representing the likes of Marc Jacobs, Valentino, Gucci, Dior, and Chanel Beauty, there’s no doubt that Teddy has increased trans visibility, which she understands as a crucial step in increasing trans acceptance.

A powerful speaker and dedicated educator, Teddy has also protested sexual harassment across the industry by refusing to work for known abusers—and her riveting Tedx talk on self acceptance is racking up views through her robust instagram following. Delivering fashion along with a winning spirit of defiance and an infectious sense of pride, Teddy is tapping into the industry’s power to be a bellwether for cultural climate change.

Inspired. Inspiring. Visionary.



Bio by Merrill Feitell

“I’m very unapologetically the way i am”

“I’ve learned that you have to be comfortable with the fact not everybody is going to like you”