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How Tracey Norman became a legendary trans supermodel in 2016

Tom Ford, Ellen DeGeneres, and Javier Muñoz also graced our Out100 covers.

2016 Out100 cover star Ellen DeGeneres was known as the queen of nice, pointing out in her interview that she "never liked mean comedy." That continued for a few years until, in 2020, BuzzFeed published an explosive report detailing what employees called a "toxic work culture" on her popular daytime talk show.

Former employees of the show told reporters that executive producers and other senior managers created an environment of bullying, retribution, racism, and toxicity. They also claimed that DeGeneres, as head of the show, held responsibility for allowing things to get that bad. The controversy, as well as declining ratings and a shift in how she was perceived, eventually led DeGeneres to end her 19-year talk show in 2022 and take a step back from show business.

DeGeneres is still married to actress Portia De Rossi and, in 2024, is planning on releasing her first comedy special since 2018's Relatable. She has said that the new special will address her show's controversy and will also be her final stand-up comedy special. While her show ended in controversy, DeGeneres still remains a groundbreaking force in comedy and queer representation who changed what was possible for queer women in Hollywood.

Ellen DegeneresOUT100: Ellen DeGeneres, Entertainer of the Yearwww.out.com

Model Tracey Norman was another Out100 cover star in 2016, and her legacy continues even to this day. In the 1970s, Norman worked as a model, being named "The First Black Trans Model" and pushing aside barriers like they were nothing. Throughout the 70s and 80s, she appeared in magazines like Essence, Vogue Italia, and Harper's Bazaar India. She was the cover model on the box of Clairol's "Born Beautiful" hair color No. 512, Dark Auburn.

Norman's Out100 cover was part of a career resurgence that saw her appear in New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar with fellow trans model Geena Rocero, and another campaign with Clairol. Her legacy was honored on the groundbreaking drama series Pose, where Indya Moore's character Angel tried to break into the modeling industry before being outed and losing modeling jobs.

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In 2016, Tom Ford was fresh off directing Nocturnal Animals, his psychological thriller starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Shannon. In the next few years, Ford served as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America between 2019 and 2022. Moreover, in 2021, his husband of seven years (and partner of 35 years) Richard Buckley died.

The impact of Lin Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton cannot be overstated, and 2016 Out100 cover star Javier Muñoz will always be a part of that. The actor took over for Miranda after he left the title role and has continued to work since. Muñoz starred opposite singer Troye Sivan in the film Three Months about a high school student who was exposed to HIV. Now, Muñoz is working on the musical theater production of Galileo. He also continues to advocate for gay rights and the HIV and AIDS communities.

Out100: Javier Mu\u00f1oz, Breakout of the YearOUT100: Javier Muñoz, Breakout of the Yearwww.out.com

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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!
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Step into the Out100 Vault & celebrate 30 years of history-making LGBTQ+ folks!

It's been 30 years since the annual Out100 list started highlighting the best and brightest of the community. To honor that milestone, let's take a look back at the many LGBTQ+ people who have changed the world.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Out100, Out’s storied annual list of LGBTQ+ people who have changed culture — and the world.

In celebration of this milestone, we are so proud to launch the official Out100 Vault, which highlights the Out100 covers from our archive as well as fresh essays and insights from past honorees.

The preservation of the LGBTQ+ past has never been more important, as the recent right-wing attempts at queer book bans and censorship demonstrate. For over three decades, Out has fought against mainstream erasure, telling the stories of the artists, warriors, and changemakers who made our history and our movement. Looking to the future, we hope you find inspiration from them in the ongoing fight for visibility and equality.

And if you, or someone you know, deserve to be on this list, please let us know through the Reader’s Choice submission page. Your stories and accomplishments need to be heard, and Out as always is here to tell them.

Sincerely,


Daniel Reynolds

Editor in chief, Out Magazine

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Editor in chief, Out.com

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Mey Rude

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.

Mey Rude is a journalist and cultural critic who has been covering queer news for a decade. The transgender, Latina lesbian lives in Los Angeles with her fiancée.