In January of this year, the New York-based model and actor Bobbi Salvör Menuez took to Instagram to re-introduce themselves, citing “a growing resistance to compromise my mental health for the assumed conveniences, real privileges, and protections of being perceived as a cisgender person.” Salvör Menuez posted a black and white portrait by friend and longtime collaborator Michael Bailey-Gates alongside an explanatory caption to mark their new chosen name and non-binary identity, as well as debuting a new handle “@hi_its_bobbi”.
A longtime supporter of LGBTQI+ causes, Salvör Menuez has been vocal about how instrumental the care of their community has been in supporting this evolution. Alongside starring in a new feature film Adam, which premiered at Sundance and explores gender and identity, they are engaged in multiple activist projects such as 8 ball community, an arts non-profit, and Spiral Theory Test Kitchen, a queer cooking collective. They also modelled for longtime friends Eckhaus Latta in the label’s recent NYFW show, and have been exhibiting ceramic sculpture work at Picture Room Gallery in Brooklyn.
Salvör Menuez is currently shooting a new feature film called Under My Skin, and has confirmed a recurring role in the much anticipated HBO show Euphoria – while continuing their ongoing intention “to stay present, learning and world building, to facilitate queer and trans joy.”