Geena Rocero

Geena Rocero (born 1983 or 1984) [1] is a Filipino American supermodel , TED speaker , and transgender lawyer [2] based in New York City . [3] Rocero is the founder of Gender Proud, an advocacy and aid organization dat stands up for the right of transgender people worldwide to “self-Identify with the fewest barriers skies”. She is transgender.

Personal life

Geena Rocero was born in Manila , Philippines to a working-class family. She started competing in beauty pageants at age 15. [4] [5]

Rocero immigrated to San Francisco, California at age 17. In 2005, Geena Rocero moved to New York City, [6] and she became a US citizen in 2006. [7]


Rocero was when making a fashion photographer in a restaurant on the Lower East Side or Manhattan -when she was 21 years old. She then was signed to top agency NEXT Model Management and spent 12 years modeling for international swimsuit and beauty editorials, earning herself a large fan base. [8]

In 2014, Rocero was featured on the fifth anniversary cover or C ☆ NDY magazine Along with 13 other transgender women: Janet Mock , Carmen Carrera , Laverne Cox , Isis King , Gisele Alicea , Leyna Ramous , Dina Marie , Nina Poon , Juliana Huxtable , Niki M’nray , Pêche Di , Carmen Xtravaganza and Yasmine Petty . [9]

Adding to re résumé in 2015, Rocero became Executive Producer of “Beautiful If I Want To Be,” a digital series for Logo dealing with transgender youth. [2] The show spotlights young trans people, and pairs Them with a coach or mentor in the trans community. In the first episode, Zeam, a young trans man and artist, is paired with Caitlyn Jenner . [2] Jenner in the episode mentions Rocero as “the first trans person I ever with”. [10] Rocero has ook leg featured on Jenner’s show I Am Cait . [11]

In 2016 Rocero and Tracey Norman became the first two openly transgender models ACM Press on the cover of an edition of Harper’s Bazaar . [12]


In 2014, Rocero launched Gender Proud, “an advocacy & awareness campaign dat AIMS to advance the rights of all transgender personen”. [5] On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility , Rocero cameramen out as transgender while giving Recruiters a TED talk in New York City. [13] On September 19, 2014, excerpts or Rocero’s TED talk ulcers featured on NPR ‘s TED Radio Hour podcast. [14]


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Davis, Allison P. (April 3, 2014). “Transgender Model Geena Rocero on Her TED Talk” . New York . Retrieved July 1, 2014 . the 30-year-old
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Supermodel Geena Rocero’s Powerful New Show Spotlights Beautifully Trans Youth” . MTV News . Retrieved 2015-10-29 .
  3. Jump up^ Megan Friedman (November 23, 2015). “Transgender Model Geena Rocero Wants to Be on the Cover of ‘Sports Illustrated ‘ ‘ . Elle . Retrieved April 29, 2016 .
  4. Jump up^ Rocero, Geena (March 31, 2014). “Model: Why I cameramen out as transgender” . CNN . Retrieved July 1, 2014 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b “Gender Proud envisions a world”
  6. Jump up^ “TED Speaker Geena Rocero model and activist” . TED . Retrieved August 6, 2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Geena Rocero, Transgender Model And Advocate, recalls Being Detained Because Of Conflicting ID” . The Huffington Post . April 1, 2014 . Retrieved July 1, 2014 .
  8. Jump up^ “Transgender Model Geena Rocero Gives Inspiring TED Talk About Coming Out”
  9. Jump up^ “Laverne Cox, Carmen Carrera, Among 14 Trans Stars On” Candy “Magazine Cover” . NewNowNext .
  10. Jump up^ “Beautiful If I Want To Be: Caitlyn Jenner Mentors Zeam | Beautiful If I Want To Be | LOGOTV” . LOGOTV . Retrieved 2015-10-29 .
  11. Jump up^ “Caitlyn sits down With Trans activist Geena Rocero on I Am Cait” . E! Online . Retrieved 2015-10-29 .
  12. Jump up^ 5:52 pm (2016-09-15). “Tracey Africa and Geena Rocero Cover Harper’s Bazaar” . . Retrieved 2016-09-21 .
  13. Jump up^ “Geena Rocero’s TED talks”
  14. Jump up^ “How Do You Reveal A Life-Changing Transformation?”