A model came out as transgender after she was fired for making comments against transgender people, then apologized for lying about being transgender.
The bizarre story unraveled around the comments by 20-year-old Carissa Pinkston, who formerly modeled for singer Rihanna’s global lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty.
“Being transgender does not NOT make you a woman. It simply makes you transgender,” Pinkston wrote in a Facebook post in May.
In another post, she said that although transgenders want to identify their own gender, “in a biological context, there are males and females.”
Although common sense to many, she was fired over the comments from the lingerie brand.
In July, she then claimed to be transgender in a post on Instagram, in order to pacify those who were criticizing her for the comments on Facebook.
“I wasn’t ready to come out yet but today I got fired and I’ve been receiving hate mail and death threats ever since so I’m forced to tell everyone the truth,” she said on Instagram.
“I’m transgender,” she added.
But, that turned out to be false.
She was called out on the bizarre claim, and she later recanted in another Instagram post.
“I apologize for any transphobic remark I’ve ever made towards the trans community,” she said in the post. “I thought if I came out as trans that I could somehow make things better for myself but it appears I’ve only made things worse.”
Then she deleted her Instagram account altogether.
Then she said in an interview with Buzzfeed about the whole mess that she “felt” transgender because she was bullied.
“I definitely feel like a trans person in a way,” she said, “in high school I was really bullied.”
She explained that she falsely claimed to be transgender because she was receiving death threats.
“Everyone was saying my original comment was transphobic,” she explained helpfully, “but you can’t expect everyone to know everything about a culture or movement if they never have taken the time to be fully educated on it.”
Here’s more on the bizarre story:
Stranger than fiction: Model faked being trans to avoid being called transphobic