Last December, Tracey Africa Norman, the first black transgender model, told her story to NY Mag. Norman, who was born and raised in Newark, NJ, she said she always knew she was different. Even though her father tried to roughen her up when she was a little boy, her mother also knew her son was different. In a time where being transgender was something only spoken in certain ‘cliques’ and underground movements, Norman always knew she was meant to be a woman.
Norman’s first big modeling break came with Clairol, and her face was on every box of hair dye in the 80’s. And now, Norman is heading back to her roots with Clairol.
Norman, 63, is the new face of the Clairol Nice ’n Easy “Color As Real As You Are” campaign.
“They sprung it on me at the table, saying they were with Clairol and they wanted me to come back to work for them,” says Tracey about the modeling agency who contacted her after the original Cut article. “And I was just overwhelmed with emotions. I was excited, I was joyful, I was very humble at some point. I was just all over the place, and I really felt like this was going to be a great reunion.”
Take a look at Tracey telling her story above.