10 Reasons Why You Need to Know Trans Model Laith Ashley

by Shawn Laib

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday February 11, 2023
Originally published on February 7, 2023

Laith Ashley
Laith Ashley   (Source:Instagram / @laith_ashley)

The LGBTQ+ community has known about the electric energy of trans model Laith Ashley for a while, but Ashley has now caught the attention of a wider audience after his starring role in Taylor Swift's "Lavender Haze" music video. Ashley plays Swift's partner in the video, and with his fit physique and steamy energy many people ran to Google to learn more about him. His trans journey started in 2014, and he's gradually grown more accustomed to the spotlight for the last decade. We thought it would be a good time to get you more acquainted with Laith Ashley through his Instagram as he continues to become one of the most famous transgender models in the world.

Getting more transgender representation on TV is vital to making folks more accepting and comfortable with the LGBTQ+ community. Laith Ashley was proud to show off here that he was a part of the production for the queer-focused black comedy "Unconventional." The quest for trans representation has been one of the hardest journeys in TV and film, and Ashley's appearance in this show is another sign of the positive steps forward.

Laith Ashley has talked a lot about his love for boxing and how it inspired him from a young age. He gave fans a look into his boxing workout routine in this intense IG post, and it's sure to inspire other queer athletes to pursue sports in an environment that typically isn't so kind to LGBTQ+ people. Having trans representation in a harsh world such as boxing is a revelation that we very much are appreciative of.

Now it's time to crank the thirst trap meter up a few notches. Ashley decides to show up and show out in this cowboy-esque look alongside Briana Venskus-Vasquez. He looks great in this getup, accompanied by the hot desert terrain and the sunny weather in the background.

There are so many posts like this one from Ashley that it's hard to decide which ones to focus on. This classic black and white shot accompanies his sexual energy and confidence in a passionate and powerful way. The Calvin Klein underwear cameo is a great reminder of the ways trans models are expanding the endorsement game and getting opportunities they didn't used to.

Boxing apparently isn't the only sport Laith Ashley loves. Basketball is another favorite activity of his, and in this post he celebrates his love of hoops with his fans. Just like with boxing, there's a complete dearth of trans representation in basketball. Having someone like Ashley spread awareness for the sport amongst the LGBTQ+ community is a key way of breaking down barriers in queer athletics. It looks like Ashley's got some good dribble moves, too!

Time for Laith Ashley with his clothes on! The model is incredibly fashionable in this purple suit and pants combo. Finding your sense of style as a queer person can be an arduous journey, and it's inspiring to see Ashley has embraced his own clothing choices in this photoshoot, one of many on his IG and other social media accounts.

Ashley decided it was time to show off his singing skills in this short IG post that celebrates his Dominican heritage and the influence of music in their culture. This is also a great way for Ashley to connect with other queer people who are Dominican, as so much of our media representation in the LGBTQ+ community is white-focused.

Ashley addresses the haters in this video where he retorts back to statements such as "you'll never be a real man." This kind of confidence is sure to help other people in the trans community embrace their gender identities no matter what others have to say about them. Ashley has become a very important voice for those who typically don't have one.

This video shows Ashley getting dressed for the day in one of his super-stylish outfits, and we also get a peak at his chiseled physique, although that's nothing new if you follow the model on his social media. Fans also enjoyed seeing the joyful little dance Ashley does at the end of the video. Letting loose and showing your personality is something more celebrities should do to connect with their fans.

Ashley is out at a Pride parade in this IG post, showing how he mingles with fans and other queer folks. These events are always a great way to get allies and members of the LGBTQ+ community together and united under one powerful purpose! As his star continues to rise, his appearances will become even more notable.