America’s Next Top Model may be dunzo in the United States, but it seems to still be going strong around the world. Just last night, the Netherlands crowned the winner of Holland’s Next Top Model, but this wasn’t just another confetti celebration for some pretty girl we’ll never hear about again. Winner Loiza Lamers made Top Model history by being the first transgender person to take the crown.
Although transgender competitors like Isis King of America’s Next Top Model cycle 11 have appeared on shows before, 20-year-old Lamers is the first to make it to the end, and it’s easy to see why. King even tweeted her excitement at the announcement!
Just like ANTM, Holland’s version of the reality show pitted aspiring models against each other in bizarre photoshoots, and Lamers rocked every one (even when she was only wearing body paint, see second left).
Lamers did not reveal that she was born male during her auditions, which I love because 1. who the hell cares? She identifies as a woman and 2. she wasn’t cast as some “twist.” She did discuss her transition publicly on the show, but not before some Internet diggers found some evidence which she admitted to be true. The response was supportive, and Lamers became a popular contestant on the show.
Check out some stunning photos of Loiza Lamers below.