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Over the past few months, Hari Nef has become one of buzziest names in the industry. The 22-year-old has not only made headlines for her work with & Other Stories, Vogue and Hood by Air — not to mention for her turn in Amazon’s hit show Transparent — but also for her activism on behalf of the trans community. Most recently, the model penned an essay for Lena Dunham’s Lenny newsletter where she openly shared her struggle to shed light on the issue of trans visibility.
Now, the Philadelphia native is building her fashion cred by establishing a relationship with another one of fashion’s biggest up-and-comers: Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. The model tells Dazed that the pair first met after Nef contacted Gucci about possibly wearing one of the label’s dresses to the premiere of Transparent. Michele invited Nef to dinner in L.A., which apparently went well, as the creative director then cast Nef in his fall 2016 menswear show.
“It’s an authentic vision and I’m so happy to be a part of it,” she said of Michele’s gender-fluid, ‘70s-inspired Gucci collections to the glossy backstage in Milan. “He’s a great guy and he sees people, he sees characters…he doesn’t really see a lot of the labels. To work with the team has been a joy. I can genuinely say it’s been amazing.”
Nef topped off her trip with a takeover of Gucci’s Snapchat account — not bad for a first go at the Milan runways. If her success with the storied Italian brand is any indication, we expect to see much more of Nef in the future.
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