Raya Martigny

Lensed by Marie Detenuille

“Im Raya, a 23 years old trangender women, I live in Paris but I come from a french volcanic island in the middle of the Indian ocean, called “La Réunion “; I grow up there and I move to Paris at 17 years old to find a way to construct my identity and future without no one to stop me. I’m a model, an artist and my work turns around love and passion that I discovered with people I meet everyday in my life. I just realized that my body didn’t correspond to my soul when I decided to leave my parents’ place at 15 years old; I felt breathless, I knew I could not really identify myself with someone else on that small island. Since childhood I realized that people would always try to hinder my choices, that they would try to stop me. The fact of having realized this since I was very young has perhaps tempered me and helped me to overcome a lot of horrible situations, because people can be really rude! Fashion makes me feel beautiful and confortable with myself, inside and outside; With fashion I feel I can make a real contribution, because by sharing my image and what I am I can help other people in a condition of discomfort to feel free.”

FANTAGIRL I AM THE WOMAN I AM is a project by Fantabody in collaboration with Vogue Italia.

The photographic project made in collaboration with Giustina Guerrieri, a young communication specialist who had always an interest in voicing real stories whilst exploring the boundaries of femininity.

An ode to the female body, regardless of its shape and skin colour. A research that promotes diversity as a starting point for addressing topics such as disability or immigration, which are approached with an inclusive, curious and prejudice-free attitude. Portrayed in her seductive uniqueness, every photographed subject has the opportunity to tell her story and reveal her nature with pride. An all-female collaboration where the protagonists are shot by selected female photographers and interviewed in the form of an intimate exchange of anecdotes and experiences.

The project is published monthly on vogue.it.

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