After personally @-ing Grindr on Twitter last week in a thread of tweets highlighting the offensive and sometimes violent messages some users receive on the dating app, queer activist and model Munroe Bergdorf has been working behind the scenes with Grindr to bring forth the app’s mysterious new initiative called Kindr.
This is not the first time that Bergdorf has made news for revolutionizing the platform of the public figure or updating older institutions with contemporary social justice. Here are those other times she has shifted the world beneath her feet.
Bergdorf made headlines when it was announced that she landed L’Oréal’s True Match #YoursTruly campaign as the cosmetic brand’s first openly transgender model. The campaign sought to address the discrepancies in makeup selection for a more diverse array of skin tones, but Bergdorf landed into trouble after purporting “all white people are racist” in a Facebook post. She was eventually dropped by L’Oréal, but would almost immediately be picked up by Illamasqua for another campaign and remarked that the event “opened a narrative.”
New York Fashion Week
Apart from landing cosmetic campaigns, Bergdorf has also forayed into runway modelling. Earlier this year, she debuted on the runway for Gypsy Sport during New York Fashion Week along aside other queer identifying models for the New York based brand.
What Makes a Woman?
Starring in the Channel 4 documentary What Makes a Woman?, cameras followed Bergdorf as she explored the facets of transgender identity. The documentary featured Bergdorf’s New York Fashion Week debut, as well as segments focusing on her cosmetic surgery and a discussion with cisgender and transgender woman on womanhood.
Bergdorf’s social commentary and presence came to a new high when she was chosen to serve on an LGBT advisory board for the United Kingdom’s Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn. She soon stepped down from her position amid growing outcry due to her past social media comments, but was continued to support Corbyn a few months after her resignation.
Thrilled to announce that I've been asked to be part of an LGBT+ advisory board for The Labour Party - To advise Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, on issues affecting the LGBT+ community, to help form and push through fairer and more effective policy change. // @uklabour #forthemanynotthefew.
Bergdorf’s latest move has been to expose the ongoing trend of prejudiced and discriminatory members on the dating app, Grindr. Last week, she targeted Grindr for not doing enough to protect its “POC and trans users,” and it seems Grindr has listened. After the exchange, Grindr released a video and created a website for a secret project dubbed Kindr. It is unknown what will come of Kindr, but we will find out on September 18.
— Grindr (@Grindr) July 27, 2018
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