Hari Nef Joining Season Two of 'Transparent'
Everyone’s favorite Moppa is returning to our computer screens with some new friends in a second season of the Amazon original series, Transparent. Only months after signing a contract with modeling agency IMG, home to such models as Gemma Ward, Kate Moss, and Gigi Hadid, trans model, actress, and writer Hari Nef will be added to the show’s cast.
Director, Jill Soloway revealed Nef as one of the stars that will be joining the show with a string of behind-the-scenes Instagram posts last week. But she’s not alone, starring along side the trans trendsetter will be actress Kiersey Clemons from the recent hit film, Dope and renowned online photographer who made a brief appearance in the show’s pilot episode, Petra Collins. The show’s first season came to a close in September of last year and since then info about the upcoming season has been kept on the hush-hush. The announcement of these new characters gave fans something to cure their Pfefferman separation anxiety.
Transparent, which debuted on Amazon TV early last year, tells the story of a family whose father comes out as transgender after years of keeping it a secret. Although the series took home two Golden Globes this year, it was faced with some backlash when cisgender actor, Jeffrey Tambor from Arrested Development, was chosen to play the father, Maura (formerly Mort) Pfefferman. Members of the trans community accused the act of “transface", however, the casting of Nef is a positive step towards getting the community more involved.
This year has been groundbreaking for the trans population. Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox have brought the movement to the forefront of the media while Hari and Andreja Pejic has brought the same awareness to the fashion industry. With all of the attention surrounding the freedom to choose your own sexual identity, the highly anticipated new season of Transparent will surely make even bigger waves for the movement that just keeps gaining momentum.
Hari Nef photographed for Oyster by Ben Rayner, Styled by Paul Bui