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Oxygen's Strut- A Look at The World's First Trans Modeling Agency


The new original series Strut, premiers tonight on Oxygen. The show will follow the lives of transgender models Dominique Jackson, Ren Spriggs, Laith De La Cruz, Isis King, and Arisce Wanzer as they break into fashion industry. The models are managed by Slay Model Management, the world's first exclusively transgender modeling agency these models. Whoopi Goldberg, the show's executive producer commented, "This show is important right now because for all of the positive advances the community has made and continues to make, transgender is still a hot-button word that gets people hysterical. People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person, and this series will give viewers 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."





Meet the Cast:



A New York native, Laith De La Cruz launched his career with a monumental Barneys New York campaign photographed by Bruce Weber, making his debut as one of the first transgender male models to ever appear in a national campaign. A graduate of Fairfield University, he majored in psychology with a concentration in religion, law and research. Laith began his transition over two years ago and has discovered that being a model forces him to confront himself in ways he never imagined. Currently holding down the fort as the only male model at Slay Management, Laith continues to grow in his confidence day-by-day as he becomes more comfortable in his skin. Extremely close to his family, Laith values the tight knit love and support from them, especially his mother.
From walking the runway during New York Fashion Week to gracing the pages of Vogue Hommes, Laith’s career has swiftly sky rocketed and he recently quit his day job to pursue modeling full time.






Isis King is a vivacious fashion model and designer with big dreams and the ambition to make them a reality. Originally from Maryland, Isis studied fashion design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and moved to New York following graduation to pursue becoming a fashion designer. While working as a background model on a shoot, Isis caught the attention of supermodel Tyra Banks and was selected to participate in ‘America’s Next Top Model,’ becoming the first transwoman to compete on the show. Isis used the opportunity to bring national attention to issues facing LGBT homeless youth, gender transitioning and gender expression but shortly after the show ended, she decided to take a break from modeling to chase other dreams.
Finally ready to get back on the catwalk, Isis has returned more determined than ever to jumpstart her career and pick up where she left off. Gracing the pages of Seventeen Magazine and Out Magazine amongst others, Isis is also the first transgender person to model for American Apparel. Between modeling, hosting and acting, Isis has become a triple threat with a successful multi-platform career. Recently relocating to Los Angeles to pursue acting and modeling full time, Isis is determined to follow her dreams, but on her terms. Forced to start fresh in a new city without a backup plan, does Isis have what it takes to make it to the top?




Persistent and resilient, Dominique Jackson has been modeling for over 20 years. Appearing on the pages of prestigious publications including Vogue España, Dominique was born and raised in Scarborough, Tobago before moving to New York City to follow her dreams of being a fashion model. Overcoming memories of a dark childhood, Dominique self-published the hurdles, hurts, revelations and triumphs of her journey in an autobiography titled “The Transsexual from Tobago.” Dominique is a LGBT and human rights activist who wants to encourage those who need hope and inspiration.
Married to her partner of eighteen years Al, Dominique recently decided to embrace a new chapter in her life and move to Los Angeles for an exciting opportunity. With vast experience in the industry, Dominique serves as a mentor to the models at Slay who are waiting for their big break and is always willing to provide helpful advice. Determined to take the LA scene by storm, will Dominique be able to balance new career opportunities, fierce competition and a long distance relationship?



Stunning and fearless, Ren Spriggs is fresh to the fashion industry, but isn’t letting her limited experience get in the way of becoming the next big thing. Born and raised in California, Ren is one of the newest models to join Slay Management and her striking looks have already captured the attention of casting directors. Often described as a “gorgeous tomboy,” Ren is a rebel at heart and was initially reluctant to model. Although she did not receive a lot of support from her family during her transition, Ren remains hopeful that modeling will give her the opportunity to reconnect with her distant father and confront their complicated relationship once and for all.
Between working a part-time job and attending casting calls, Ren has her hands full. As the modeling gigs continue to pour in, can she balance all the opportunities that await her and evolve into the
confident model that everyone sees in her?



Outspoken and unapologetic, Arisce Wanzer is a fashion model and the ultimate go-getter. Not only has she graced the pages of Vogue, Vogue Italia, Forbes and Purple Magazine, she has also walked the runways during New York, Los Angeles and Miami Fashion Week. A fashion enthusiast at heart, Arisce attended the Art Institute of Miami where an agent spotted her during an internship and signed her, leading to impressive bookings for Opening Ceremony campaigns and the opportunity to shoot with Patrick Demarchelier.
Arisce decided to fully transition at the age of nineteen and has always been thankful for a strong support system of family and friends in her corner. Although extremely proud of whom she is, Arisce doesn’t want to be defined as only a trans-model. Strong and independent, Arisce has learned the importance of protecting her heart and refuses to be vulnerable with others, especially when it comes to her love life. Navigating her dating life provides an opportunity to expose her vulnerability and Arisce is excited to see what awaits her when it comes to finding love.  When she isn’t jet-setting around the world to high-fashion shoots, Arisce works to balance her personal reinvention, having fun with friends and enjoying the Los Angeles party scene.



Cecilio “CeCe” Asuncion is the Director of Scouting and Development at Slay Model Management. Cece began his involvement with the transgender community a few years ago while directing "What's The T?"— a documentary that explores the challenges, successes and lives of five transgender women and was the recipient of the outstanding Filipino American award for LGBT advocacy in 2012. His critically acclaimed work has been featured on a series of platforms and has been awarded at some of the most prestigious film festivals highlighting LGBT focused creative. Combining his eye for talent and love for fashion, Cece decided to embark on a new adventure and founded Slay Model Management where he discovers and develops transgender talent in the Los Angeles area. Serving as both a mentor and boss to the plethora of models represented by Slay Model Management, Cece is relentless in encouraging the models to reach their full potential.




Strut premiers tonight on Oxygen 9/8c.