It was the kind of public admission that could have destroyed her career.
Geena Rocero signed with the major modeling agency, Next Model Management, at the age of 21. After 12 years gracing the runway as a bathing suit and fashion model, she had her official coming out in April announcing at a TED talk that she was a transgender woman.
She had gotten her sex change operation with the support of her family in the Philippines when she was 15.
Since her coming out, she has gone on to found a transgender advocacy organization, Gender Proud. Her story has been an inspiration for others.
The story of Geena Rocero was the second most viewed story on AsAmNews in 2014.
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(An earlier version of this story used the word transgender as a noun. We apologize for the error).