Transgender activist Munroe Bergdorf is unveiled as Cosmopolitan UK’s 50th anniversary cover star: Model discusses ‘race, gender and femininity’ as she poses in ethereal gowns in landmark issue

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  • British model Monroe Bergdorf, 34, on the cover of the 50th anniversary issue of Cosmopolitan UK
  • The transgender activist previously won the magazine’s ‘Changemaker of the Year’ award in 2018
  • In this issue she discusses femininity over the past 50 years and pays tribute to the first edition

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Model Monroe Bergdorf shows off her innate sense of glamour as the cover star of Cosmopolitan UK’s 50th anniversary magazine.

Transgender activist, 34, beams in a flashy red dress at the publication’s special anniversary edition, on sale through January 21.

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She has also been photographed in a series of other striking photographs taken by iconic London photographer Jordan Rossi, while engaging in discussions with three authors about the past five decades.

Cosmopolitan has received a stream of praise on Instagram for selecting Monroe, who won ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the brand’s 2018 Influencer Awards, as its cover star on one of its most important issues of all time.

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Monroe (pictured), who won ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the brand’s 2018 Influencer Awards, stunning in a series of outfits with ruffles in snaps taken by Jordan Rossi

Monroe (pictured) talks to three authors about race, gender and 'femininity' over the past 50 years, while expressing hope for a more inclusive future

Monroe (pictured) talks to three authors about race, gender and ‘femininity’ over the past 50 years, while expressing hope for a more inclusive future

A new era: 34-year-old Monroe Bergdorf (pictured) showcased her innate sense of glamour when she was unveiled as the cover star of Cosmopolitan UK magazine.

A new era: 34-year-old Monroe Bergdorf (pictured) showcased her innate sense of glamour when she was unveiled as the cover star of Cosmopolitan UK magazine.

In one image the model is in head-to-toe pink, while in another shot Monroe is seen embracing her inner rock star in black leather and heels.

The 50th anniversary cover also pays tribute to the first issue of Cosmopolitan UK from March 1972, in which author Jillie Cooper also looked chic in red.

‘Whether it’s finding a fulfilling career that pays fairly, developing happy and healthy relationships, or fighting for equality and respect, the topics Cosmopolitan has long championed are still as important as they are. Was in 972.

“Whatever their sexuality, gender identity or background, Cosmopolitan will continue to empower our audiences to demand more from the world around them, to challenge the status quo, and to advocate for a diverse and inclusive world, free of prejudice.” After all it is in our name.

Among those interviewed Monroe Bergdorf include author, stylist and consultant Aja Barber, who deals with the intersection of sustainability in fashion, Vic Parsons who is a gender and identity reporter at PinkNews, and a filmmaker, actor, model and intersex rights activist. Activists include River Gallo.

When asked by Rivers about her vision for the future, Monroe, who is transgender, said that society needs to think of ways to question her prejudices and ‘build a system where we May all win’.

The magazine's Cosmopolitan UK 50th anniversary edition pays tribute to their first cover, which features Jilly Cooper (pictured) in a red dress against a matching backdrop

The magazine’s Cosmopolitan UK 50th anniversary edition pays tribute to their first cover, which features Jilly Cooper (pictured) in a red dress against a matching backdrop

The model continues, saying: ‘I believe in people. I believe that a lot of the issues we are seeing currently are being implemented by the 1 percent, and the 1 percent is not indicative of all.

‘I believe people want trans inclusion, racial equality to end malpractices so that women and girls feel safe walking home at night. I don’t think we as people have ever been as enlightened as we are now, even though there is a lot of misinformation around.

‘I feel like the spark has been lit. Fewer people are passively accepting what they are presented with and that is an unbelievable thing. It shows that there is only so long that people can hold onto a world that no longer exists before adopting a new world.’

‘I don’t want to be a token, first and last – there needs to be a plan in place to make that inclusion long-term.

‘Now, so many young trans people have people they can look up to and they can see themselves. [They can] Think, ‘I don’t want to be a Hollywood actress or activist, but it’s a possibility for me and I can dream big. I can do what I want to do, because they achieved what they wanted to achieve.

‘Hopefully, somewhere a young trans girl looking at this cover is thinking, ‘I can do this too and who I am won’t hold me back.

‘There’s no one way to be trans. When I started my transition, I felt pressure to assimilate into society as a woman. I wish someone had told me, no matter how I dress, how I look, whether I put on makeup or not, I’m still a woman. In every iteration of my being.’

Monroe (pictured) said she hopes the cover will inspire other trans people to pursue their dreams, while acknowledging that she once felt pressure to assimilate to being a woman in society.

Monroe (pictured) said she hopes the cover will inspire other trans people to pursue their dreams, while acknowledging that she once felt pressure to assimilate to being a woman in society.

Muro (pictured) said social media has given voice to marginalized people and spread awareness about the way society works

Muro (pictured) said social media has given voice to marginalized people and spread awareness about the way society works

Monroe (pictured) said conversations about trans-rights need to be individualized and mainstream

Monroe (pictured) said conversations about trans-rights need to be individualized and mainstream

Monroe revealed that her own life experiences have taught her a lot, while admitting to feeling hopeless at times about being the only trans person in the room.

Monroe explains her belief that social media has been beneficial in giving marginalized people a voice and making us more aware of the workings of society, though she cautions that we are not yet fully aware that our Long-term effects of platforms on mental health.

He called for a conversation about trans-rights to happen in the real world and mainstream.

To do this, we need to give a platform to trans voices – we cannot live under this bullshit of non-trans people voicing their opinions on a community they are not a part of. Trans rights do not have a negative impact on cisgender people. Trans equality is everyone’s equality.

Many Instagram users have named Monroe Bergdorf as their favorite cover of Cosmopolitan UK

Many Instagram users have named Monroe Bergdorf as their favorite cover of Cosmopolitan UK

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