'America's Next Top Model' is keeping things fresh and progressive for the upcoming season by featuring a trans contestant.
One of the 14 female finalists to compete in the 11th cycle, which began Sept. 3, is a 22-year-old transgender woman from Maryland named Isis, The CW television network announced.
In an interview with US Weekly, the young contestant said, 'My cards were dealt differently.' She added that although she wouldn't mind being a role model, she is really on the show to be America's next top model.
'I like to help people, but I'm here to follow my dreams,' she told the entertainment publication.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recently praised the show's host, Tyra Banks, as well as The CW for pushing boundaries and increasing trans visibility on television.