|Aaron Philip Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 4 in|
|Date of Birth||March 15, 2001|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Aaron Philip is an Antiguan-American model, activist, TV personality, author, and artist, best known as the 1st black, transgender, and disabled model signed to Elite Model Management in July 2018 which was publicly announced in early September 2018. She was signed following a November 2017 post on Twitter that stated: “honestly when I get scouted/discovered by a modeling agency it’s OVER for y’all!” in addition to her repeated efforts to bring awareness to the lack of transgender, black, and disabled models in the industry. Even prior to her signing, starting in 2016, Aaron was featured in various photoshoots, primarily for online fashion retailers. She landed her 1st major magazine cover in the June 2019 issue of Paper magazine and was also on the cover of the IN magazine in the 7th issue (2018-2019).
In addition to the cover, Aaron was also interviewed by Naomi Campbell for Paper magazine, who is also a well-known model of color that has worked with Elite Model Management. Aaron also made her runway debut for the WillieNorris Workshop runway show in mid-June 2019, a month after her TV debut in the TBS series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. Additionally, she had a guest role in the music video for the song Mother’s Daughter sang by Miley Cyrus in 2019. She was also featured in the I-D, Dazed, ELLE, Allure, and V magazines, as well as online publications such as Refinery29 and Now This. She is also the author of the autobiography titled This Kid Can Fly, published in February 2016. Her profile also appeared in The New York Times, promoting her signing as a sure sign of the development of a more diverse industry. Aaron has also amassed a large fanbase online with more than 200k followers on Instagram and more than 100k followers on Twitter.
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Aaron graduated high school on June 27, 2019, and was accepted into the Parsons School of Design in New York City, New York, United States.
Model, Author, Activist, Artist, TV Personality
- Mother – Lydia Philip
- Siblings – Aren Philip (Younger Brother)
Aaron Philip is represented by Elite Model Management (Manager) in New York City, New York, United States.
5 ft 4 in or 162.5 cm
48 kg or 106 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
She is of African-American and Antiguan descent.
- Dyed blonde hair
- Fuller lips
Aaron Philip has endorsed brands such as –
- SAVAGE X FENTY by RIHANNA
Aaron also supported the United We Stand campaign in 2019.
Best Known For
- Being the 1st black, disabled, transgender model, signed to a major modeling agency, Elite Model Management in 2018
- Being the 1st model of that kind to appear on the cover of a well-known publication, Paper magazine, in June 2019
- Her social media fanbase with more than 200k followers on Instagram and more than 100k followers on Twitter
First TV Show
Aaron made her first TV show appearance as ‘Herself’ on the TBS series Full Frontal with Samantha Bee in May 2019, but wasn’t credited for it.
Aaron Philip Favorite Things
- Designer – Marc Jacobs
- Lip Product – Mario Badescu Lip Balm
- Skin Product Brand – Dove
- App – Twitter
- Singers – Tammy Wynette, Kelsey Lu, Nicole Dollanganger
- Modeling Influence – Naomi Campbell
Aaron Philip Facts
- She was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a baby.
- Along with her father and younger brother, Aaron moved to New York City, New York, United States from her home country of Antigua in order to seek better medical care for herself. Her mom stayed behind in Antigua.
- She came out as gender-fluid at the age of 14. At a later date, Aaron began identifying as feminine non-binary because she didn’t feel like she identified herself as a gender-neutral or with masculinity. She also used the term “a non-binary trans girl” to identify herself.
- She bleached her hair blonde for the 1st time when she was 13 or 14 years old because she wanted to appear and feel more feminine. Aaron believes the common concept that blondes have more fun, and that as a black person, blonde hair creates a good contrast.
- Aaron began her modeling career at the age of 16, while she was still a high school junior. Beth Boldt discovered her.
- She would describe the ‘Generation Z’ which are kids born in the mid-1990s and early 2000s as resilient, ahead, and kind. She also feels like they will open up the future to opportunity, tolerance, discourse, love, acceptance, consciousness, and empathy.
- Aaron was inspired to become a model by Kylie Jenner‘s interview and magazine cover for Interview in 2015.
- She was named a member of “21 Under 21 Class of 2018” by Teen Vogue magazine in November 2018.
- Aaron meditates to think things through, and also writes about her thoughts in her journal.
- Aaron appeared in a photoshoot and gave an interview for the ASOS magazine in May 2018.
- The 1st lipstick she bought was MAC Red Lipstick from Sephora, which she got as a high school graduation gift. Because of her muscle spasms due to the disability, she had a hard time applying lipstick herself but mastered the skill in late July 2019.
- She has stated that she doesn’t consider herself an activist, she only “gives a f*ck.”
- As of July 2019, one of her goals is to walk the runways of Dior, Prada, and Gucci, as well as Chanel, Calvin Klein, and Miu Miu.
- When traveling, Aaron has a traditional ‘uniform’ that she wears, which consists of leggings, a pretty coat, a big oversized top, and sneakers.
- Aaron “lives vicariously” through the fashion shows of Versace, Eckhaus Latta, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Helmut Lang.
- The best advice anyone gave her, and that she lives by is: “Be loud and don’t look back, because the world has done so much to try and silence people like myself”.
- She enjoyed watching Catfish, a TV show created and hosted by Nev Schulman.
- Aaron was banned by the dating app Tinder in 2019 for violating their Terms of Service (TOS). She called them “wildly transphobic.”
Featured Image by Aaron Philip / Instagram