Model lies about being transgender after being accused of transphobia


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Carissa Pinkston, a model who posed for Savage X Fenty, is facing Internet scorn after admitting she lied about being transgender. She initially “came out” on July 22 after transphobic Facebook posts of hers surfaced online, as HuffPost reports.

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“Being transgender does NOT make you a woman,” she wrote in one, posting under the name Rissa Danielle on May 23. “It makes you simply transgender.”

On June 5, she wrote, “If [transgender women] can say they’re women, I can reclaim my virginity.”

The 20-year-old has since deleted the posts, but she was nonetheless fired by Elite Models, according to Paper.

Then, on July 22, Pinkston claimed to be transgender: “I wasn’t ready to come out about it yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m being forced to tell the truth,” she wrote. “I’m transgender. I transitioned at a very young age and I’ve lived my life as a female ever since.”

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Five days later, she backtracked. “I panicked and I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse,” she wrote a follow-up post. “I’m truly sorry. I’m only 20 and I’m human. I make mistakes but I refuse to let them define me.”

Afterward, the model told BuzzFeed News that she is “taking full responsibility” for her words and that she is “definitely not transphobic.”

“The only reason I had lied was because of the death threats,” Pinkston explained to the site. “And I was scared, so I thought they would accept me only if I said I was trans. … I got an experience of what a transgender person goes through.”