Are we in the middle of a transgender renaissance? Of course not—a renaissance would require an original time when transgender men and women were treated with normalcy. But maybe we’re heading down the path toward the first era where MTF and FTM folks won’t be treated as outsiders, but just another demographic group children grow up with. Trailblazing the efforts are folks like The Real World: Brooklyn‘s Katelynn, who shows how a transgender person encounters the safe relationship and day-to-day drama as anyone else, as well as ABC’s Ugly Betty and Dirty Sexy Money inclusion of MTFs as regular folks (though the characters on both shows have since left the screen). And then there’s women like Patricia Araujo (real name Patricia Oliveira), the MTF model who just closed Rio’s Fashion Week.

Patricia Araujo received a standing ovation after parading along the runway for the Complexo B brand late Friday to end the weeklong event in a city that delights in shocking the prudish with each year’s Carnival celebration.

Complexo B designer Beto Neves said he invited Araujo to amaze the public.

“In fashion, the cool thing is to surprise,” he told the O Dia newspaper.

Globo Television’s web site called the 25-year-old Araujo “the star” of the show’s final day and model Isabeli Fontana told O Dia that Araujo “is the greatest”.

Tall and slim, the dark-haired Araujo entered the catwalk wearing a long fur coat and quickly unveiled a short black-and-white dress to the applause of the hundreds of guests at the event.

“I love to be mobbed by the press,” she told O Dia afterward. “I’ve always dreamed of being famous.” [AP]

Now if only we could get the Associated Press’ photo caption writers to learn the difference between “transgender” and “transvestite”:

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