Whoopi Goldberg’s Transgender Model Unscripted Series Coming To Oxygen

Oxygen has greenlit “Strut,” Whoopi Goldberg‘s unscripted series about transgender fashion models working with Slay Model Management.

Slay bills itself as the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency.

Here’s the scoop via Deadline:

The show is important, Goldberg said in today’s announcement, because despite advances the community has made, “transgender” still is “a hot-button word that gets people hysterical.”

“People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person,” she said, calling the series “a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world.”

Hope it’s not just another excuse for manufactured model drama.
“You may even be surprised to discover that you have been seeing and interacting with transgender men and women in ways you didn’t even realize!” said Goldberg, whose TV projects include playing Den Mom on ABC’ News’s The View, on which she is in the last year of a four-year deal.

“Strut follows a group of inspiring and resilient trailblazers who are working to change the modeling industry and the world around them, by simply being true to themselves,” Rod Aissa, EVP Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media, said in today’s announcement.

Will you check it out?