This story initially appeared in i-D’s The Submit Reality Reality Difficulty, no. 357, Autumn 2019. Order your copy right here.

Nora wears costume Dior. Boots Prada.


Nora wears swimsuit Givenchy. T-shirt Erika Cavallini. Boots New Rock.


Nora wears all clothes Balenciaga. Sneakers Alexander McQueen.

“Given all of the obstacles and restrictions despatched our manner in each nook of our lives, trans expertise has traditionally been each a wrestle and successful. Pressured to stay their lives behind closed doorways more often than not, individuals of trans expertise have additionally been deemed ‘aliens’, ‘outsiders’ or ‘clownish freaks’. We must always combat these attitudes of intolerance and hypocrisy. We must always go new, extra inclusive legal guidelines recognising and defending transgender individuals. We must always reform schooling and healthcare techniques on a worldwide degree. We must always train children and younger adults that being trans is gorgeous. We must always be capable to shout it loud that trans is gorgeous. We must always begin to see past society’s standard understanding of magnificence. As a girl of trans expertise, I do know that I’m lovely the best way I’m. I wish to share my very own story, as a result of future generations want to listen to our highly effective tales and find out how lovely we’re.”


Bahadir wears all clothes mannequin’s personal.

1568286404926-iD_Istanbul073Bahadir wears all clothes Gucci. Boots New Rock. Boots New Rock.

Bahadir wears all clothes Gucci. Boots New Rock.

“I’m 18 and I stay in Tarsus within the south of Turkey. I began modelling on the age of 16 after an Istanbul-based photographer scouted me on Instagram. In addition to modelling I make music, play guitar and do images once I discover the time. I like sunsets, retro vehicles, purple lights and foggy nights.”


Çaglar wears shirt and rollneck JW Anderson. Trousers Emre Pakel. Cassandra wears jacket Alaïa. Trousers Kwaidan Editions. Belt Givenchy. Jewelry mannequin’s personal.

“I don’t care what different individuals take into consideration how I look. This excites me. At any time when I step out of the home I am handled like a stay bomb, all people’s questioning, however no one will get shut. I am making an attempt to inform individuals that everybody can put on something. The extra seen we’re, the much less we blamed. Regardless of all of the difficulties ıt makes you’re feeling so free.”


Mert wears swimsuit Prada. Scarves (worn as belt) Hermès. Jewelry mannequin’s personal. Boots New Rock.

“In Turkey conventional gender roles have to be challenged. Ladies are handled like second-class citizen and I grew up on this ambiance. As time progresses, I seen these norms have an effect on individuals’s opinions and I did not wish to conform to this. Deep down, I at all times knew that I used to be totally different from different males in my nation. I simply needed to be me and present individuals who I used to be. I needed to maintain alive each the female and masculine spirit inside me and selected to disregard the judgemental eyes of the general public. I pour my persona into my artwork and my type. I by no means needed to be part of anybody’s requirements, so I constructed my very own. I am making an attempt to indicate folks that males like me exist and it’s okay. I am not hiding in my shell, however making an attempt to speak to people who find themselves interested in me and what I do. I reply their questions with sincerity and I additionally costume freely in public as a result of individuals must get used to it.”


Cassandra wears jacket Alaïa. Trousers Kwaidan Editions.

“I’m not going to alter my face to suit into society’s requirements of magnificence. Individuals at all times ask me: ‘How will you be so assured about your huge nostril?’ and ‘are you planning to repair it?’ I reply to those individuals and share my concepts and images of myself on social media in an effort to present and clarify that I don’t wish to be a product of standard society. I edit all my photographs, exaggerating every little thing. I make my nostril tiny, my lips large, my cheekbones overly plump; I take away the ribs from my waist. I attain lots of people by means of social media and I’m always sharing my views and concepts with individuals. I get actually constructive suggestions from individuals who say: ‘Thanks a lot, I now love my nostril and respect how distinctive it’s. I really feel far more assured because of you’. This makes me really feel proud and blissful. Nobody ought to dictate how it’s best to look or aspire to be.”


Günce wears costume Molly Goddard. Leotard stylist’s studio. Boots Prada.

Günce Gözütok
“At first it was laborious to grasp how the style trade labored as a result of there have been no different fashions from Turkey who had gone world. I had my breakthrough once I modified my mom company to at least one in Hamburg and walked as an unique for Balenciaga. Each model or photographer that I’ve labored with have been stunned that I’m a Turkish mannequin. Now the trade is changing into much more privy to range.

“There are some situations the place manufacturers search for a selected ethnicity to extend gross sales. Nevertheless, I feel the trade is now primarily inquisitive about uniqueness and if somebody sees one thing in you that makes you distinct, they go for that. You recognize, it goes past ethnic id sooner or later and turns into extra about who you might be as an individual. That’s what enticing about vogue, for me at the very least. I’m very glad and humbled to participate on this situation of iD journal as the primary Turkish mannequin to be featured.”


Günce wears high Sudi Etuz. Jacket and trousers Chanel. Boots Prada.


Bugra wears shirt Dior Homme. Trousers Emre Pakel. Boots New Rock.

“15 million individuals stay in Istanbul and every particular person brings their very own experiences and perspective. Residing right here means being uncovered to a lot range, but additionally chaos. I’m at all times being influenced, and this in flip has an impact on my artwork. Being a dancer in Turkey is like being one flower in an enormous backyard.”


Mert wears high and trousers Coach 1941. Boots Moschino. Eda wears costume Loewe.


Left to proper: Su, Irem, Krutzog and Melek put on swimsuits stylist’s studio.


Left to proper: Günce wears high Sudi Etuz. Jacket and trousers Chanel. Boots Prada. Bugra wears high Mowalola. Trousers Giray Sepin. Belt Manc. Sneakers Alexander McQueen. Bahadir wears tank stylist’s studio. Trousers Gucci. Sneakers mannequin’s personal. Mert wears swimsuit Prada. Scarves (worn as belt) Hermès. Jewelry mannequin’s personal. Boots New Rock.

Eylem Basar Sogut founding father of the road casting company Castingkiller
“Turkey is sort of a bridge between Europe and East. This crossing is current in our tradition and lives. Why isn’t it mirrored in our vogue and wonder requirements? Why are fashions usually white and Russian-looking in our vogue trade? Simply following what has already been achieved and never totally celebrating the variety of our tradition feels mistaken to me. Our nation has turn out to be too conservative previously twenty years. We was fashionable. We had been one of many first nations on the planet to provide girls the suitable to vote. I’m happy with our historical past and I wish to cease us going backwards.

“In addition to a casting agent I’m additionally a political scientist who desires to make the world a greater place. In my casting work I’m making an attempt to alter our cookie cutter trade. We’re each European and Jap. I wish to have fun this! I can’t consider individuals don’t discover the standard Turkish look lovely they usually solely need tall Russian blonde and Northern European fashions. Only a few individuals really appear to be this in Turkish society. That is why I obtained into vogue and I’m the primary particular person in Turkey to work in street-casting. I need vogue to be extra reasonable and extra humane. We referred to as the company ‘Castingkiller’ as a result of we wish to crush magnificence requirements within the modelling and vogue trade. That is a part of my dream to make a greater future by means of politics, vogue and artwork.”


Images Markn
Styling Bojana Kozarevic

Hair Soichi Inagaki at Artwork Accomplice utilizing Bumble and bumble.
Make-up Rebecca Wordingham at Saint Lukes utilizing NARS Cosmetics.
Nail technician Pinar Kozin.
Images help Milly Cope.
Styling help Emily Jones, Mehmet Yasar, Muhammet Bozkurt and Giovanni Beda.
Hair help Huseyin Altun.
Make-up help Ceren Eroz.
Manufacturing (London) Christina Barrett.
Manufacturing (Istanbul) Gözde Cengis at Artwork+Ist.
Manufacturing help Mert Abedan.
Submit Manufacturing ink. Shot at Istanbul Sarayburnu, Cagaloglu Hamami and The Spice Bazaar.
Particular because of Tomtom Kirmizi. Casting for Günce Troy Company at D+V Administration.
Casting for all different fashions Eylem Basar Sögüt at Casting Killer.

Fashions Günce Gözütok at M+P. Nora Senkal. Bugra Büyüksimsek. Bahadır Akkuyu. Mert Eken. Melek Nur Kacan. Krutzog. Su Alandagli. Irem Nur Sancak. Çaglar Almendi. Cassandra a.ok.a Gizem Erhan.

This text initially appeared on i-D UK.