Transgender model Laith Ashley De La Cruz got his break in Barneys New York's landmark advertising campaign, Brother, Sisters, Sons & Daughters, in spring 2014, just months after he began his FTM medical transition.
Shot by Bruce Weber, it featured 17 transgender stories from models with diverse backgrounds, including De La Cruz, whose profile "exploded" when fellow trans activist Laverne Cox reposted one of his photos on her Instagram account. We're guessing his six-pack had something to do with it:
A photo posted by Laith Ashley De La Cruz (@laith_ashley) on
Now 26, the hunky Harlem native, who boasts Dominican roots, a degree in Psychology from Fairfield University, and more than 41,5000 Instagram fans, is currently working as an insurance navigator at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, a medical facility for the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS.