Not Only Is Hanne a Fashion Model, but She's a Role Model
She's walked in shows like Gambattista Valli and Marc Jacobs, wore a wedding cape down the aisle, and became Alexander Wang's muse in 2009. But Hanne Gaby Odiele wasn't thrust into the social media spotlight until this week, when she came out to the public as intersex.
The 28-year-old model from Kortrijk, Belgium, revealed that she was born with an X and Y chromosome and had kept the secret quiet for years, only telling good friend Alexander Wang about five years ago. "It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo," she said to USA Today. "At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly alright to talk about this."
Since sharing her story, Hanne is now a strong advocate in raising awareness about intersex people and campaigning against nonconsensual corrective surgeries. For Hanne, being born intersex has had little effect on her success in the industry, giving her an impressive fashion résumé. Ahead, read up on this empowering model because she's the cool girl you instantly spot on the streets at Fashion Week and someone who you'd want to be friends with.