Whoopi Goldberg Producing Transgender Model Unscripted Series For Oxygen

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Kirkland/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5600261sh) Whoopi Goldberg Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016

Whoopi Goldberg is producing a transgender model series on Oxygen.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Scott Kirkland/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (5600261sh) Whoopi Goldberg Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Los Angeles, America - 28 Feb 2016

Oxygen Media has greenlit Strut, a new original series about fashion models working with Slay Model Management, which bills itself as the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. The series, from exec producer Whoopi Goldberg and 44 Blue Productions, is scheduled to premiere this year.

The show is important, Goldberg said in today’s announcement, because despite advances the community has made, “transgender” still is “a hot-button word that gets people hysterical.”

“People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person,” she said, calling the series “a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world.”

Source: Deadline