Whoopi Goldberg is producing a transgender model series on Oxygen.
Oxygen Media has greenlit Strut, a new original series about fashion models working with Slay Model Management, which bills itself as the worlds 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 todays 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.