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Hari Nef (born October 21, 1992)[3] is an American actress, model, and writer based in Los Angeles. Nef made her runway debut at New York Fashion Week Spring 2015, walking for both Hood By Air and Eckhaus Latta.[4][5] Nef is known for speaking about trans issues;[6] she is the first openly transgender woman to appear on the cover of a major British magazine.

Hari Nef
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Hari Nef on the red carpet of the Berlinale 2017 opening film
Born (1992-10-21) October 21, 1992 (age 26)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materColumbia University
  • Actress
  • model
  • writer
Years active2011–present
Modeling information
Height5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)[1]
Hair colorBrown
Eye colorHazel
AgencyIMG Models (New York, Paris, Milan, London, Los Angeles)[2]


Early life and educationEdit

Hari Nef was born in Philadelphia[3] into a Jewish family. Her parents are David Neff, an advertising executive,[3][7] and Robin Clebnik.[6] Her parents divorced when she was two and she was raised by her mother in Newton, Massachusetts.[6]

She began attending Columbia University in 2011 and graduated with a degree from the theater program in May 2015.[8][9]


Her writing has appeared in Dazed, Vice,[10] Original Plumbing, and BlackBook.[11] She has also written a regular sex advice/experience column at Adult magazine.[12]

In 2014, Nef was on the cover of Frische Magazine.[13] That same year, she was placed at number 68 on Dazed's 100 list.[8] Nef also moved to the top of the Dazed Readers 100, ranking #1 overall,[8] and appeared in the i-D Pre-Fall Issue twice.[14]

In 2015, she again walked shows during New York Fashion Week, including Adam Selman, VFiles, Vejas, Degen, and Eckhaus Latta once more.[15][16]

In May 2015, Nef was signed to IMG Models, making her the first openly transgender model signed to that agency.[17][18][19]

In the summer of 2015, Nef was cast in the second season of Amazon Prime's Transparent, which debuted in December 2015.[20] She also starred in The Drums' music video "There is Nothing Left" in August.[21]

In 2015, The Forward newspaper included her in the Forward 50, a list of the year's fifty most influential Jewish-Americans.[7]

Elle printed special collectors’ covers for their September 2016 issue, and one of them featured Nef, which was the first time an openly transgender woman had been on the cover of a major commercial British magazine.[22]

In January 2017, Nef starred in a television commercial for the L'Oréal Paris True Match line alongside Blake Lively, Lara Stone and Xiao Wen Ju. The campaign was premiered at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards telecast.[23]

Nef is one of the stars of the 2018 film Assassination Nation.[24] In the same year, she starred as Blythe on the Lifetime thriller You.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 Hellaware Cy
2014 She Told Me She Was Dead Amber Mugabe Short film
2015 Self Aware Short film
2015 Family Tree Short film
2016 Crush Clare Short film
2017 A-Z of Hair Short film
2018 Mapplethorpe Tinkerbelle
2018 Assassination Nation Bex Warren


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Transparent Gittel Recurring role (5 episodes)
2017 Love Advent Herself Episode: "Hari Nef"
2018 You Blythe Recurring role (4 episodes)
2018 Camping Nia Episode: "Up All Night"


  1. ^ "Hari Nef - IMG Models". Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ Ferrier, Morwenna (27 May 2015). "Top modelling agency IMG signs transgender model Hari Nef". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Wellington, Elizabeth (12 August 2015). "Mirror, Mirror: Philly-born transgender model is breaking down fashion barriers". Philadelphia Media Network (Digital), LLC. Archived from the original on August 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Dazed. "Hari Nef: After Dark at NYFW #2 – visions, revelations". Dazed. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  5. ^ Galore Girl. "Hari Nef On Being a Successful Transgender Model in the Binary Fashion Industry". Galore. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b c Michael Schulman. "Hari Nef, Model Citizen". Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b November 11, 2015 (2015-11-07). "Forward 50 2015 –". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  8. ^ a b c Dazed. "#68 – Hari Nef". Dazed. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Campus Character: Hari Nef". Bwog. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Chelsea Girl". VICE. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Koons, The Koons, and Me: An Encounter with the Art Star Jeff Koons". BlackBook. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  12. ^ "About Adult". Adult Mag. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  13. ^ "FRISCHE Magazine — FRISCHE magazine NO.6—FW14". Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  14. ^ "meet hari nef, the american actress leading the transgender revolution". i-D. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  15. ^ "NYFW: Hari Nef, 'New York Needs a Confidence Boost'". 18 February 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  16. ^ "NYFW "It Girl" Hari Nef Has Something To Say About Fashion's Fixation With Trans Women". NewNowNext. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Fashion Shoot's All-Transgender Crew Breaks Another Barrier". TakePart. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  18. ^ Vingan, Alyssa (26 May 2015), IMG Signs Transgender Model Hari Nef, Fashionista, retrieved 26 May 2015
  19. ^ Hari Nef, IMG Worldwide, 2015, retrieved 9 September 2015
  20. ^ "hari nef and petra collins join season two of transparent - read - i-D". Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  21. ^ "The Drums' "There is Nothing Left" Video Stars Hari Nef". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2015-08-23.
  22. ^ Hughes, Sarah. "Meet Hari Nef: actor, model – and Elle's first transgender cover girl in UK | Society". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-08-05.
  23. ^ Richards, Amanda (8 January 2017). "L'Oreal's Latest True Match Ad Features Hari Nef, Blake Lively, Xiao Wen Ju, Sabina Karlsson & Many More Diverse Faces – VIDEO". Bustle. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  24. ^ Nicholson, Amy (January 22, 2018). "Sundance Film Review: 'Assassination Nation'". Variety. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  25. ^ Petski, Denise (September 14, 2017). "'You' Casts Hari Nef; Isabel Arraiza Takes 'The Oath'". Deadline. Retrieved September 18, 2018.

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