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Shay Neary

Shay Neary is an American fashion model. She is known as the first transgender plus-size model to be featured in a major fashion campaign.[2][3][4]

Shay Neary
Born 1987/1988 (age 30–31)[1]
Poconos, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
Citizenship United States of America
Alma mater Keystone College
Occupation Fashion model
Modeling information
Hair color Auburn
Eye color Brown
Agency Unsigned

Neary was born and raised in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania.[3][5] During high school, she identified as a gay man, and performed in drag.[3] A transgender friend of her mother suggested to Neary that she might also be trans.[3]

Neary attended Keystone College,[5][6] and started her transition to female during her freshman year there.[3] In 2012, she received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the Rainbow Alliance.[6] Neary later moved to New York, as she had difficulty accessing hormones while in college.[3]

In 2016, Neary was signed by the fashion brand Coverstory, becoming the first openly trans plus-size model to land a major campaign.[2] Coverstory founder Heidi Kan found Neary through the Transmodel agency after a lengthy search.[7] In 2017, Neary came to the UK to model for the plus-size brand Yours Clothing.[8][9][10]

Neary has spoken out against transphobia and fat-shaming she has experienced in online dating communities.[1][11]


  1. ^ a b Gilmour, Paisley (July 4, 2017). "This model has opened up about the transphobic abuse she experiences on dating apps". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Salandra, Adam (December 22, 2016). "Shay Neary Just Became The First Plus-Size Trans Model To Land A Major Fashion Campaign". NewNowNext. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Peoples, Landon (December 19, 2016). "What It's Like To Be A Plus-Size Transgender Model". Refinery29. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Hale, James Loke (April 23, 2017). "Shay Neary Is The First Trans Plus Size Model To Land A Major Fashion Campaign". Bustle. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Neary, Shay. "Meet the Model". Shay Neary. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Brown, Rebekah (March 24, 2012). "Rainbow Alliance announces honorees". Standard-Speaker. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Larbi, Miranda (December 22, 2016). "This plus-size transgender model is transforming the fashion industry". Metro. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  8. ^ Jackman, Josh (April 24, 2017). "First plus-size trans model 'will be part of campaign with full LGBT representation'". PinkNews. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Lubitz, Rachel (April 14, 2017). "Plus-size transgender model Shay Neary lands her first UK fashion campaign". Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "Shay Neary Style Advice". Yours Clothing. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  11. ^ McCormick, Joseph Patrick (July 3, 2017). "This plus-size model is calling out guys who abuse her on dating apps because she's trans". PinkNews. Retrieved September 21, 2017.

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