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Casil McArthur Hunger TV Pride Month June 2021 Interview
CASIL MCARTHUR June 2021 Hunger TV Online/ Pride Month June 2021
A “male princess” who has walked for Coach and Marc Jacobs, featured in campaigns for Gap and Kenneth Cole, and been lensed by photography giants Steven Meisel and Collier Schorr, Casil McArthur is bringing transmasculine visibility to the runway and the pages of your favourite glossy – not to mention tearing it up on stage as an aspiring rock star.
And while he’s only in his early 20s, McArthur is keenly aware of the responsibility that comes with a platform like his, as well as the impact that seeing an openly trans model on a billboard might have on other queer and trans people still coming to terms with their identity. “I don’t want to hide the queer or trans parts of myself,” McArthur says. “I’m conscious that knowing my truth, and sharing it with others, will cause many ripple effects. All I want is to encourage another person to be themselves.”
For McArthur, this kind of positive representation is a necessary antidote to the negative messaging and gaslighting that trans people experience, a reminder to other people in the community that, “you matter and your experiences and feelings are true”. This community, however, is not limited to McArthur’s fellow Gen Zers. “As I grow up, I realise it’s really important for the younger and older generations [of trans people] to listen to and befriend each other,” he says. “We can’t be so focused on differences, because that keeps us apart, we’re in this together. We have to learn the history while also learning the history being made right now.”
Beyond being a role model to other trans men in the fashion world, McArthur is also flying the flag for kinder, more fluid expressions of masculinity. While male models can often be stereotyped as brooding and solemn, McArthur is an unabashed delight and unafraid to goof off online (his Instagram handle is @casil_the_goat_lord) or publicly explore his love of cosplay, anime and pretty dresses. “There are so many ways to be a man, no right or wrong way, just be a good person,” he says. “Encourage yourself to find who you are.”
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