Hunter Schafer, Dazed’s Infinite Identities issue cover star, first came to our attention when she became the youngest plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by the ACLU to reverse House Bill 2, a law preventing trans people from using the bathroom corresponding to their true gender identity. Since then, the model and activist has taken the fashion world by storm, racking up a stellar list of clients including Rick Owens, J.W. Anderson, and Miu Miu.
Despite achieving widespread success in the industry, it’s her turn in HBO’s forthcoming Euphoria that now has Schafer poised for acting stardom. The dark teen drama will see her playing trans teenager Jules alongside Zendaya (and fellow Dazed 100-er Alexa Demie) in the hotly anticipated new series.
Nevertheless, after a gruelling full season of filming, Schafer looks forward to returning to the visual arts, her original medium. “I’ve exerted so much of my creative energy through acting this past six months (with two more to go), it’ll feel refreshing to return to working with my hands,” she says. An artist and illustrator, Schafer’s work has been featured in Rookie, and before Euphoria happened she had planned to study design at London’s Central Saint Martins. “When I took my place as a plaintiff in the House Bill 2 lawsuit, I did that because I could,” Schafer explains in our Spring issue. “I felt like I could be of use to my community, but before that it had always been my intention to be an artist.”