Why Oxygen’s New Modeling Show Is Exactly What’s Been Missing From Reality TV

Before you roll your eyes at the prospect of yet another reality TV show, take heed—the latest programming greenlit by Oxygen is one actually worth caring about. Executive produced by Whoopi Goldberg, Strut will chronicle the journeys of emerging fashion models supported by Slay Model Management, the world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency. While the trans community has experienced increased visibility through Caitlyn Jenner’s docuseries I Am Cait, this latest project is poised to continue the advancement and understanding of the underrepresented group in mainstream media. Considering the resounding success of modeling trailblazers Andreja Pejic and Hari Nef, the series feels not only timely but in fact necessary to accurately depict the current landscape of the industry. Speaking to how she hopes Strut will portray the community, Goldberg shared: “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.” Set to premiere later this year, Strut has the potential to be a highly meaningful reality show, and one we look forward watching.