10-year-old Noella McMaher is already making her dreams come true.
Six years after she began transitioning, Noella has made history as the youngest out trans model ever to walk a runway during New York Fashion Week when she walked for designer Mel Atkinson and Trans* Clothing Company.
Trans* Clothing Company was started in 2018 when a close friend came out to Atkinson. Atkinson decided to build a fashion company that catered to trans women’s needs in clothing, especially early in transition. Now, TCC is an all-inclusive brand with clothes for trans and gender nonconforming people of all types.
“Noella doesn’t ever get nervous or scared by anything. She’s a tiny professional!” Noella’s mother Dee McMaher told Metro UK. “She was so excited to go down the catwalk, excited to see all the people and the cameras. She knows exactly how to work a crowd.”
“We are so proud of Noella for being the first trans child in New York Fashion Week, we are in awe with her confidence and determination,” she continued. “Noella already has so many transgender people of all ages contact her for advice, support.”
According to her parents, Noella started saying she wasn’t a boy when she was just two years old. At four, she went to therapy and declared to the doctor that she was a girl. While her parents believe she’s too young to medically transition, she socially transitioned at four, and at seven legally changed her name. That’s also when she started her modeling career.
“It has been so incredible and pure seeing her embrace who she is,” her mother said. “She has no fear when on stage and knows exactly how to work the crowd and camera.”
Her parents are proud to support their trans daughter and want nothing but the best for her.
“As a parent of a transgender child, it is my duty to protect her and make sure she is safe,” her mother said. “‘For ten years old, she is very mature for her age and self-assured. She wants to show other transgender kids that it is ok to socially transition and accept who they are.”