We all know that Super Model Tyra Banks is known for embracing the LGBT community. Being one of the centerpiece of such a diverse industry, Banks values and recognizes the impact and influence that the LGBT community has on the fashion world. With that being said, Banks has recently signed on to co-produce TransAmerica, an upcoming, eight-episode VH1 documentary series about the transgender community. There’s no word yet on what time slot the new series will occupy, but don’t expect the wacky antics of RuPaul’s Drag Race to come through your televisions. The former Top Model host will document the lives of five Chicago women, all transgender – the most notable of whom is model, actress and transgender advocate Carmen Carrera – and how their sexuality affects their lives.
In a statement, Banks says “TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women…I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.” Other members of the cast include a recent college grad named Giselle, who is prepping for gender reassignment surgery and looking for a man; Natalia, a consultant for Christian Dior cosmetics looking to reconnect with some of her family; Sidney, the “ultimate party girl”; and Victory, an aspirant doctor facing discrimination.
“It would be easy to focus on the transgender aspect, but this series is about so much more,” Susan Levison, executive vice president of programming for VH1, said. “This is a show about a group of compelling, gorgeous young friends who are on a unique journey while staying true to their authentic selves. We believe that message resonates.” The premiere is expected to air in late 2014 or early 2015 on VH1 so be on the lookout.