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Vogue Press Release
This Model’s Dramatic Dye Job—and His Elvis Presley Pompadour—Were a Marc Jacobs Runway Win
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 10:34 PM
by LAUREN VALENTI
Tonight, Marc Jacobs sent all but one of his models down the runway wearing a sumptuous Diana Vreeland-inspired turban. The Elvis-style quiff that stood out in the menagerie of headpieces? It belonged to 18-year-old trans model Casil McArthur, who went from white-hot blonde to raven brunette just twenty-four hours before the show at the designer's request. "I knew that something was going to happen to my hair, but it was a complete surprise," said McArthur backstage. "In the trans community, how we express ourselves to the world is so personal, so changing my hair was a scary and exciting risk.”
The Colorado native’s newly darkened strands, teamed with the pompadour treatment from hairstylist Guido Palau, instantly recast him as The King’s striking doppelgänger—just swap the singer’s signature white suit for an atomic orange leather jacket and silver harem pants—and got the front row crowd buzzing for his second season running. On the heels of fellow Marc Jacobs runway model Teddy Quinlivan's announcement that she is transgender earlier in the day, and arriving at the end of a New York Fashion Week that has regularly valued inclusivity in its castings, the excitement was palpable. "Working with Marc Jacobs and his team, I couldn't have been with more accepting, understanding, and loving people," he said. "I really trust the vision that Marc has for me."
Recognizing the ripple effects that a career-defining moment like this evening’s could have on the trans community and culture at large, McArthur is grateful to Jacobs, who also cast him in his Fall 2017 campaign video, for continuously giving him a mainstream platform to spread the message of acceptance. "Clothing is genderless and a man, woman, or anyone in between can wear what makes them happy," he said backstage. "It's scary to step out of your comfort zone, but when you're true to yourself, you can do anything.”