“The thing I am most proud of is that an industry famous for destroying people’s self-esteem hasn’t broken me,” says Finn Buchanan. His career as a model has taken him from opening Maison Margiela SS19 and walking in Hedi Slimane’s debut menswear collection for Celine to the cover of Dazed’s Infinite Identities issue, making him one of the most visible transgender male models working today.
Scouted in 2017 in a North London branch of Sainsbury’s, modelling was never Buchanan’s dream profession. “But now that I have made some headway in making a name for myself, I am driven to achieve amazing things within fashion,” he says. “I want to combat issues regarding discrimination, tokenism and misgendering.”
While Buchanan started his career walking in womenswear shows including Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs, in the 12 months ahead, he has his sights set on conquering the menswear shows in London, Paris and New York. “I want to become a male supermodel and to make the fashion industry more about creativity and freedom than capitalisation and exploitation,” he concludes, already well on the way to achieving his dream.