Transgender model Nathan Westling triumphantly returned to the runway for his first professional performance since he was released earlier this year.
Nathan (23), born in Arizona, was born in Natalie and came to the fore in the industry in 2013 when his then long curly hair got a striking red hue. Campaigns with Prada, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton followed quickly and appeared on the catwalk for Chanel and Celine.
After taking a half year break from modeling, Nathan came out as a trans in March. He said he felt he'd been wearing a mask throughout his life & # 39 ;. Now he's back to normal, returning to the catwalk alongside top models such as Bella Hadid for Helmut Lang's Spring / Summer 20 show during New York Fashion Week.
Back on the runways: Nathan Westling, 23, returned to the catwalk for the first time since the transgender man in March
Runway regular: The model still has his distinctive red curly hair, although it is now short and proved that he can still storm the catwalk while walking to Helmut Lang
Pre-hiatus: Nathan's last appearance on the runway before he started switching was at Louis Vuitton & # 39; s Spring Summer 2019 show during Paris Fashion Week in October 2018
Nathan closed the show with a black blazer, a translucent white net and a black oil stain pants with a liquid look.
Nathan, who began modeling at the age of 16, moved from New York to Los Angeles last November to begin his transition after a decade of struggling with depression, anxiety and anger issues.
His last performance in the spotlight was during the Louis Vuitton show in October 2018 during the Paris Fashion Week, and told Nathan CNN style that he started taking testosterone almost immediately afterwards.
The distinctive red curls of the model are now trimmed short and he has added around 20 pounds to his previous size 0 frame.
Nathan revealed his new reality in March and said: “I feel like I have been wearing a mask all my life. Once I removed that mask, it was like I finally … I don't know. I don't wear skin that I no longer feel. & # 39;
& # 39; I hit a point where I was sitting was just about to exist, because that was kind of my whole life and how I lived. I always wondered how people just lived their lives, just woke up and felt good and could just do things. And I couldn't do that, & he added.
Return: His appearance on Helmut Lang marked Nathan's first runway walk since he started switching last November
Backstage: Nathan, pictured, seems to be getting ready for his return to the behind the scenes catwalk at the Helmut Lang show on Saturday in New York
Casting: Nathan appeared on the runway next to model Bella Hadid, left
Setup: Nathan, left, appeared next to the runway of the runway when he was given the honor to close the show
As Natalie he had led campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Versace, Prada, Fendi, Anna Sui, Chanel, Dior and Alexander McQueen.
Performances in American, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French and Russian editions of Vogue also followed.
Nathan, who plans to undergo surgery soon, said his feelings of gender dysphoria go back to days in the playground in Scottsdale, Arizona, but meeting only one other person who identified himself as LGBT at his 3,000 high school man left him even more confused and alienated.
He admitted that his first two months of transition were & # 39; heavy & # 39; goods.
& # 39; Only when I started to see physical changes that were in line with my mental state did I finally wake up and (start) living. I'm happy. I can't even imagine going back to how I used to be, because it's just darkness, & he said.
Nathan is still represented by his mother agency The Society, which also has Kendall Jenner and Adriana Lima in the books.
Nathan told CNN that the response from the brands with which he previously worked was one of support.
Distinctive: Nathan, formerly Natalie, has been making models for brands such as Louis Vuitton, left and Alexander Wang, right since 2013
Campaign star: Natalie has appeared on numerous magazine covers and in giants such as Tiffany
Happy: Nathan, pictured in May 2019, told CNN & I am happy. I can't even imagine going back to how I used to be & # 39;
Even as Natalie, the model was known for his love of skateboarding and confirmed his status as the cool skater boy who is usually depicted with his board outside the shows.
He told ID card that modeling & # 39; as man & # 39; for the first time & # 39; other & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; It was different than I expected, although not bad at all. I'm just so used to modeling feminine clothing, to be placed in a completely different environment and to look different. & # 39;
& # 39; It is clear that men and women model differently – I am sure you have noticed – it took me a minute to get into character and feel myself. But it wasn't a challenge, it was just like, "Oh, this is a little different," he said.
About how he always & # 39; always & # 39; identified as male, Nathan said: & # 39; I've been on a skateboard since I was three years old, I've always been very male, always been outside, building things, & # 39; boy & # 39; do things, hang out with the neighborhood boys. & # 39;
& # 39; When I was growing up, I always loved the same things, nothing really changed that way. It has remained almost the same. & # 39;
NYFW backstage beauty SS20: Helmut Lang
By Charlie Lankston on New York Fashion Week for DailyMail.com
Makeup artist Susie Sobol brought Helmut Lang a beautiful punk edge in the otherwise natural beauty, and devised a unique graphic version of the traditional cat's eye, which was central to the faces of the models.
To draw the necessary attention and attention to the appearance of the eyes, Susie worked on creating naturally glowing complexion on all runway stars by bringing the beloved Beauty Balm from Code8 with the fingertips in the face.
& # 39; This allows the skin to fully absorb the formula, & # 39; Susie remarked and added that she had first prepared the skin with the Code8 Seamless Cover Perfecting Concealer on the face and collarbones.
To emphasize the natural shine of the models, & # 39; polished & # 39; Susie the cheekbones with the Highlighter HD Palette from the brand, which she also applied with her finger to the upper lip and nose.
& # 39; This product works on every skin type and tone, & # 39; Susie said about the two-color highlighter and explained that the two tones can be applied completely to give a hint of glow, or spread into the skin for a more subtle shine. .
When it came to the eyes, models were given one of three looks designed to coordinate with the designs they presented on the runway.
Those who wore bold colors got a bright neon cat eye in fluorescent pink and green; the clear hues are made with theater makeup, which is applied over a white eyeliner to ensure that it really lights up.
However, the lids of the models were first given a subtle sweep of shadow from one of the three Iconoclast Eyecadow Palettes, with Susie choosing the color that best matched their skin tones.
Those naked shades were also used to make a more neutral version of the cat's eye, which was given to all models that wore a similar color palette.
Finally, everyone whose ensemble was mostly black – including super model Bella Hadid – rocked a coordinating cat eye look that was created using the Code8 Precision Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black as a basis, with the black tint of the Iconoclast Eyeshadow Palette used above that formula converting it in place.
Like the skin, the lips were kept incredibly natural and fresh – allowing the eye to keep the focus of the look.
Susie prepared the models' pout with the Code8 AM / PM tinted lip balm, before adding a subtle layer of Color Brilliance Lipstick from the brand in a shade that accentuated the natural lip color.
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