British Vogue features first transgender woman

Paris Lees last Friday became the first transgender woman to feature in the British Vogue fashion magazine, marking a step towards a "more tolerant society", said the English journalist, presenter and model-activist.

Lees is among a group of women ranging from politicians to bloggers, hailed by the magazine as a new kind of suffragist.

"When I was growing up, you rarely saw trans people in the media and only then as objects of pity, ridicule or disgust," Lees said.

"We are in the middle of a global movement where trans people are asking to be treated with the same respect as everyone else in society," she said.

Inside the magazine's February issue, Lees is profiled in a story entitled "Meet the New Suffragettes," celebrating 100 years since women in Britain gained the right to vote.