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Fuse Media has boarded the transgender makeover series Clothes Minded as a co-production partner along with Canadian LGBTQ+ TV channel OUTtv and Vice Studios, ahead of an early 2021 premiere on both sides of the border.
The empowering reality series will tackle gender identity by helping trans and gender nonconforming people find a unique look to celebrate their true selves. Gender non-conforming model and activist Richie Shazam and musician and activist Lucas Silveira will host Clothes Minded, which will air on OUTtv in Canada.
Partners Fuse, OUTtv and Vice Studios plan eight half-hours to be produced on location across the U.S. and Canada amid stringent COVID-19 safety protocols. Each episode will follow a young person facing a key event in their lives — a job interview, a wedding, a prom —and who will receive help to authentically and emotionally represent who they are.
“Clothes Minded embodies the Fuse mission of empowering our audience by giving voice to, and celebrating, underrepresented people and communities. We’re excited to join our partners OUTtv and Vice Studios in bringing this groundbreaking series to our young, omnicultural audience, who value unity through inclusion,” Fuse Media head of content Marc Leonard said in a statement.
Clothes Minded will also continue the path towards visibility and acceptance for trans and gender nonconforming people and characters in TV that in recent years has included Jill Soloway’s trans-centric storytelling with Amazon’s Transparent, Laverne Cox receiving an Emmy nomination for her work on Orange Is the New Black and Ryan Murphy’s FX drama Pose.
Vice Media has already produced LGBTQ-friendly shows like Gaycation With Ellen Page and The Trixie & Katya Show; Vice News has covered issues surrounding the transgender community; and Viceland produced the Twiz & Tuck series in 2017.
Clothes Minded marks Vice’s first makeover series that celebrates the trans and gender nonconforming communities.
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