Model Yasmine Petty holds her head high as she responded to transphobic comments from New Housewives from New York City cast members Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley.
California-born Yasmine, 31, walked the runway during New York Fashion Week and was cruelly walked around by the reality stars, who whispered on camera to hear comments about her body and whether she & # 39; a man & # 39; wash or not.
In the aftermath of the controversy, Yasmine issued a statement denouncing housewives for their & # 39; hurting & # 39; and & # 39; harmful comments & # 39; and encouraged other trans women to continue propping up & # 39; honey & # 39 ;.
Continue to follow honey: Trans-model Yasmine Petty had a message for the RHONY stars who were trolling her body that they were & # 39; better & # 39; had to do while telling trans women & # 39; to keep propping up & # 39;
Rude: Yasmine Petty, in the photo, has & # 39; offensive & # 39; RHONY stars' comments against her and their behavior dismissed as & # 39; rude & # 39; and & # 39; cruel & # 39;
Slammed: Dorinda Medley (far right) and Sonja Morgan (middle right) are under fire for making & # 39; transfobe & # 39; comments about a trans-model during the Garo Sparo show on Tuesday
The model told Weekly that despite her many catwalk performances and magazine covers, she has never seen herself as a model.
& # 39; As a transgender woman, I have never seen myself as a model. But I have always tried to fully embrace who I am in whatever I do, & she said.
& # 39; Sometimes you have to be vulnerable and brave. I was excited to model in a catwalk show for Garo Sparo during New York Fashion Week, an artist who celebrates diversity and authenticity. & # 39;
She continued: & # 39; During that show, while I was walking down the catwalk with my head high in who I am, a few women in the front row (who we all saw on television) spoke hurtful, damaging comments and said: & # 39; With such a body it is a man. & # 39; That moment has even been recorded on social media and shared with the world. & # 39;
& # 39; People do not choose their sexual orientation or gender identity, & # 39; Yasmine commented.
& # 39; What people can choose is to project rude and cruel behavior to other people for things they cannot control. Don't worry about me, you'll be fine. But we as a society must do better. & # 39;
People can choose whether to project rude and cruel behavior towards others over things they have no control over. Don't worry about me, you'll be fine. But we as a society must do better
Yasmine added: & # 39; People in positions of influence and power must do better. And for every trans woman who feels inadequate as a woman, keep supporting honey. & # 39;
In an interview with Page six after the show, model Yasmine, 31, revealed that she heard Dorinda and Sonja make their remarks as they walked the runway and noted that they were discouraging and disappointing & # 39; found.
& # 39; I was very excited to do the fashion show for Garo Sparo for New York Fashion Week because he used models of diversity, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; And I knew they were filming the (real) housewives of New York and I knew they were in the front and literally, as I walked the runway, I heard them make these statements.
& # 39; It's pretty daunting and disappointing, especially on this day and in New York City. & # 39;
Yasmine further noted that & # 39; people cannot choose their sexual orientation & # 39; but that people can choose & # 39; not be rude and cruel & # 39 ;.
RHONY stars Sonja, 55, and Dorinda, 54, came under fire for the first time on Tuesday after Dorinda posted a video on her Instagram story to her 800,000 followers.
The two women were in the front row to support their socialite co-star Tinsley Mortimer, who made her debut on the NYFW track.
The couple audibly discussed Yasmine & # 39; s figure as she slid past, with Dorinda saying: & # 39; Well with such a body it's a man. That's a man. You are absolutely right. Oh lord
In another clip, both women were also heard making transphobic comments about RuPaul & # 39; s Drag Race-alu Miz Cracker walking the catwalk.
In the second video posted on Sonja's Instagram account, where she has 796,000 followers, the women heard similar comments about Miz Cracker with Sonja who asked Dorinda: “Who is that? Oh, isn't that a man? & # 39;
Angry: Yasmine spoke out after the show and revealed that she could hear the comments from the reality stars as she walked the runway, while she & # 39; disappointed & # 39; called
Speaking: Yasmine, pictured in June 2019, said modeling can make her vulnerable, but she was excited to walk in the NYFW show
To make matters worse, the reality stars were also seen loud and smiling while Yasmine walked down the runway in another video that was shared on the model's Instagram story.
In that clip, Yasmine seems to be looking at the couple, causing Dorinda to smile at her, while Sonja lifts her feet – apparently out of shame – before the duo starts laughing again.
Dorinda's clip was hurriedly removed from her Instagram account – but not before it was shared on countless social media pages, where the RHONY stars were confronted with hundreds of responses from indignant users, many of whom asked for the couple to be fired from their hit Bravo show.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, a Sonja spokesperson said: & # 39; Sonja was one of the strongest and longest supporters of the LGBTQ + community, even before RHONY in the & # 39; 80s.
& # 39; Everyone who knows Sonja knows she likes to make jokes and never wants to say anything to the LGBTQ +. Sonja has always considered herself a member of the community. If anything, she was probably an addition to the figure of the model, regardless of their gender!
& # 39; In fact, her fashion show on September 13 is also comprehensive. Sonja will continue to support the LGBTQ + community as she has always had the best in his career and wishes and is happy to be able to support her as a co-designer. & # 39;
Sonja and Dorinda also jointly issued an apology after the controversy and told page six: & # 39; we have a history as old supporters of the LGBTQ community in many ways and apologize for our offensive comments at the fashion show. & # 39 ;
Despite the slack, both women also posted a photo in the front row of the show on their respective Instagram accounts, where followers immediately flooded the commentary with criticism and the reality stars & # 39; disgusting & # 39 ;, & # 39; offensive & # 39 ; and & # 39; transphobic & # 39; called.
Outrage: The video was quickly removed from Dorinda & # 39; s Instagram, but was quickly shared by a number of other social media accounts, where the women were slammed by RHONY fans
Concern: Yasmine, pictured in June 2017, seemed to hear Dorinda and Sonja during the show; a video on her Instagram shows that she is turning towards them on the runway
Criticism: The women were also heard making comments about drag queen Miz Cracker (photo), in which Sonja wondered if the model & # 39; is a man & # 39;
& # 39; How can you say such a disrespectful and small thing? & # 39; one person wrote on Twitter while tagging Dorinda.
& # 39; I really thought you were an ally of us, not just & # 39; the gay & # 39; s & # 39; you so lovingly claim.
& # 39; This is just proof that you should never meet people you look up to … they always disappoint you. & # 39;
& # 39; I love that you love your gay people when they party with you, but the real truth comes to mind when you sit next to your housewife Dorinda and make homophobic and transphobic comments about Yasmine Petty and one of the drag queens, & # 39; wrote a hairdresser on Sonja's # 39; s Instagram.
& # 39; Your words were disgusting, insensitive and painful … you should be ashamed of yourself! As far as I'm concerned, New York housewives are CANCELED! And to know that you come to my salon and have your hair colored by a fellow colorist who is also gay surprises me. & # 39;
A number of people tagged Andy Cohen, executive producer of Real Housewives, and called on the TV presenter – who is openly gay – to take action and rebuke the reality stars for their insensitive remarks.
& # 39; I will never watch this show again & # 39 ;, another threatened. & # 39; @bravoandy should fire both of you immediately. You could be replaced so easily that it is ridiculous.
& # 39; @yasminepetty has more courage than you could ever imagine & # 39 ;, another social media user said.
The ladies have shown very public support for the LGBTQ community in the past, with both Dorinda and Sonja attending the New York Pride Parade in June, along with several other cast members of the Real Housewives franchise – and Andy.
Other users, however, accused the women of hypocrisy and accused them of claiming to be supporters of the LGBTQ community, while making such comments about transgender people.
& # 39; I am so sad to hear your transphobic comments, & # 39; one person wrote, while another added: & Dorinda, you have to apologize for your transphobic comments during the fashion show. Not cool. & # 39;
Support: RHONY stars are thought to have attended the Garo Sparo show to watch their cast mate Tinsley Mortimer, who appeared on the catwalk
Diversity: the Garo Sparo show included models of all ages, sizes, genders and backgrounds, including transgender model Amanda Lepore (photo)
Runway star: the Australian model Madeline Stuart, who has Down syndrome, also brought her stuff on the catwalk
& # 39; Embarrassed and your transphobic comments !! & # 39; someone else came in. & # 39; SO disgusting and SO rude, you should be ashamed of yourself. & # 39;
& # 39; Sorry to hear about the transphobic comments you made earlier today – thought you were one of the good ones & # 39 ;, wrote a commentator.
& # 39; It is so disappointing to know that you are so unaware of what you are saying about Trans people, especially during a time when your show is filming, & # 39; someone else said.
& # 39; In a street and time climate where women can show solidarity and respect you and your cast mates, you are constantly disappointing. The woman is beautiful and you have to remember that you were on march and pay attention to your manners. & # 39;
Publicist Daniel Miles told Lee Hue HollywoodLife.com that the comments were probably a misunderstanding.
& # 39; Sonja is a good friend and former client of mine. Although I was not there personally, nor did I talk to her about it, I doubt her comments were intended to be offensive. Sonja has been involved with the LGBT community since I met her more than five years ago.
& # 39; I think her remark first and foremost generates a misunderstanding, in which older generations are not so well informed about how to properly celebrate members of our trans community.
& # 39; This is an instructive moment when I hope that rich women with cis-gender can learn to exercise more restraint and sensitivity, and hopefully our sisters can help educate and bring willing allies to participate in the movement for trans equality.
& # 39; This is an example where perfection cannot be allowed to become the enemy of the good and point out opportunities where people can become more inclusive in their communication & # 39 ;, he concluded.
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