RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, Elite model and transgender activist Carmen Carrera is going to sashaying her way to VH1 for a new docuseries about the lives of transgender women that will premiere in early 2015.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that TransAmerica will be executive produced by Smize Queen Tyra Banks, and will “chronicle a group of Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender.”
Jersey girl Carrera will be be in Chicago to serve as a mentor and role model for the cast that includes party girl Sidney, beauty consultant Nadia, and pre-med hopeful Victory who hopes to be a doctor but faces antitrans discrimination among the way.
The show definitely seems like something we’d be into, and the Chicago backdrop should be a welcome change from the NYC/L.A. reality show norm. VH1 has a long history with progressive portrayals of transgender people, having previously aired the reality series TRANSForm Me which helped to launch the career of Orange Is The New Black star Laverne Cox.
For her part, Miss Banks seems to be excited about introducing these ladies to the world:
“TransAmerica is a groundbreaking docuseries that will blow the roof off stereotypes and set the record straight as we experience the lives of these fun, stunning women. I am so happy to be a part of telling their fierce story.”
Carrera also seems to be very excited to share the next phase of her life and career with viewers:
“Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”
We have a sneaking suspicion that the drama factor on this one will be very high, and we can’t wait to watch.