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Hunter Schafer (born December 31, 1998) is an American fashion model, actress, and LGBTQ rights activist.[3] For her activism against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, Teen Vogue listed Schafer on its "21 Under 21" list in 2017.[4] In 2019 she made her acting debut, starring as transgender high school student Jules Vaughn in the HBO series Euphoria.[5]

Hunter Schafer
Born (1998-12-31) December 31, 1998 (age 23)[1]
Alma mater
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
  • activist
Years active2017–present
Modeling information
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
Agency
  • Community (New York)
  • Why Not Model Management (Milan)
  • Premier Model Management (London)[2]

Early life

Schafer was born in Trenton, New Jersey,[6] to parents Katy and Mac Schafer. Her father is a Presbyterian minister, and their family moved between churches and congregations in New Jersey, Arizona, and finally Raleigh, North Carolina.[7][8] She has three younger siblings: two sisters and a brother.[9]

While in high school, Schafer protested against the North Carolina Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.[10] On April 21, 2016, while she was a high school junior, Schafer was added as a plaintiff in the Carcaño v. McCrory lawsuit against the bill.[11] In her senior year, Schafer was a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.[12] She graduated from the High School Visual Arts program at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2017, having transferred there from Needham B. Broughton High School.[13]

Schafer planned to attend Central Saint Martins, an arts college in London, England, but deferred her enrollment after high school to focus on her career.[14]

Career

For her activism regarding HB2, Teen Vogue listed Schafer on its "21 Under 21" list in 2017, and granted her an interview with former United States Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[4]

Schafer has modeled for Prada, Dior, Gucci, Calvin Klein, Rick Owens, Helmut Lang, Tommy Hilfiger, Thierry Mugler, Coach, Maison Margiela, Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Versus Versace, Emilio Pucci, Ann Demeulemeester, and Erdem, among other fashion houses.[15][16][17][18]

In 2019, Schafer was cast in the HBO series Euphoria,[19] marking her acting debut. She received praise for her performance in the series, and the Primetime Emmy Awards came under fire for omitting her from the nominations along with other transgender actors.[20] Aside from her leading role in the series, she also co-wrote an episode with the show's creator Sam Levinson and served as co-executive producer. Additionally, she collaborated with him so that her character and the show's story reflected her experience.[21][22]

In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named Schafer among the 50 heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".[23][24] In 2021, Time named her to its Next list of "100 emerging leaders who are shaping the future", with a tribute written by Euphoria costar Zendaya.[25]

Personal life

Schafer is a trans woman. In an interview, she said that the Internet helped her cope with her gender identity, turning to YouTube and social media to learn about people's transition timelines.[21] She transitioned after being diagnosed with dysphoria in ninth grade.[11] She has stated, "I do like people to know that I'm not a cis girl because that's not something that I am or feel like I am. I'm proud to be a trans person."[26] In 2019, Schafer said that she was "closer to what you might call a lesbian."[27] In December 2021, she stated on Twitter that her sexuality is "bi or pan or something".[28]

In February 2022, it was confirmed that she and Euphoria co-star Dominic Fike were dating.[29]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotesRef.
2019–presentEuphoriaJules VaughnMain cast, executive producer, and co-writer on "Fuck Anyone Who's Not a Sea Blob"
2022BelleRuka "Ruka-chan" Watanabe (voice)English dub[30]
hornylovesickmess - girl in redN/AMusic video; director[31]

References

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  2. ^ "Hunter Schafer – Model". Models.com. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Cusumano, Katherine (March 21, 2018). "Rising Model Hunter Schafer is Fighting for the Future of Trans Individuals on and off the Runway". W. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Hillary Clinton Talks Equality, Feminism, and Changing the World with Our 21 Under 21 Nominees". Teen Vogue. November 28, 2017. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  5. ^ "Euphoria - Jules Vaughn". HBO. July 2, 2019. Retrieved February 3, 2022. Jules Vaughn played by Hunter Schafer
  6. ^ "Hunter Schafer Swears She's Not as Cool as Jules on 'Euphoria'—but We Strongly Disagree". Cosmopolitan. August 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Kilbane, Brennan (August 11, 2020). "Hunter Schafer: "Trying to Feel Seen Has Been the Project of My Life"". Allure. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved August 8, 2020.
  8. ^ "Faith". March 2017.
  9. ^ Blyth, Ann (November 30, 2017). "This transgender teen sued NC over HB2. Now she's in Teen Vogue with Hillary Clinton". News & Observer. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  10. ^ Schafer, Hunter (March 31, 2017). "Trans activist hunter schafer on why she's fighting for much more than bathrooms". Vice.
  11. ^ a b "Transgender UNC School of the Arts student joins HB2 federal lawsuit". myfox8.com. April 21, 2016. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  12. ^ "Semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program" (PDF).
  13. ^ Clark, Jess (March 29, 2017). "HB2's education impact: Life more complicated for students in transition". WRAL.com. Archived from the original on August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  14. ^ Siemsen, Thora (February 11, 2019). "Dazed 100". Dazed.
  15. ^ Cadogan, Dominic (September 2017). "Meet Versus Versace's new gang of multi-talented muses". Dazed. Archived from the original on October 2, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  16. ^ Silver, Dena (February 7, 2018). "46 New Models to Look Out for at New York Fashion Week". The Observer. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  17. ^ Tai, Cordelia (October 11, 2018). "Report: The Spring 2019 Runways Were the Most Racially Diverse Ever, but Europe Still Has a Major Age and Body Diversity Problem". The Fashion Spot. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Tietjen, Alexa (June 21, 2018). "Marc Jacobs celebrates Pride with #GratefulNotHateful campaign". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 5, 2018). "Zendaya Set for Lead Role in HBO Pilot 'Euphoria,' 11 Others Cast". Variety.
  20. ^ Reynolds, Daniel (July 28, 2020). "Emmys Snub Transgender Stars of Pose, Euphoria". The Advocate. Archived from the original on August 9, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  21. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel (June 21, 2019). "Trans Superstar Hunter Schafer on Her Moment of 'Euphoria'". Variety. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  22. ^ Sharma, Jeena (June 13, 2019). "Hunter Schafer: Leading the Charge for Femme Representation". Paper. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  23. ^ "Queerty Pride50 2020 Honorees". Queerty. Archived from the original on July 24, 2020. Retrieved June 30, 2020.
  24. ^ Reddish, David (June 1, 2020). "Meet the world-class performers who are diversifying LGBTQ representation". Queerty. Archived from the original on July 31, 2020. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  25. ^ Zendaya (February 17, 2021). "Hunter Schafer". Time. Archived from the original on February 17, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  26. ^ Clark, Jess (May 11, 2016). "Q&A: A NC Teen And Her Parents On The Transition From Male To Female". WUNC. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  27. ^ Meet the stars of our spring 2019 Infinite Identities issue, archived from the original on August 26, 2019, retrieved September 7, 2019
  28. ^ Baska, Maggie (December 13, 2021), "Euphoria's Hunter Schafer 'vaguely clarifies' her sexuality: 'I'm bi or pan or something'", Pink News, retrieved January 6, 2022
  29. ^ Etienne, Vanessa (February 11, 2022). "Euphoria's Hunter Schafer and Dominic Fike Seemingly Confirm Dating Rumors with Steamy Kiss". People. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  30. ^ "Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Reveals English Trailer, Dub Cast". Anime News Network. December 9, 2021. Retrieved December 10, 2021.
  31. ^ Machin, Jennifer (May 5, 2022). "GIRL IN RED TO RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR "HORNYLOVESICKMESS" DIRECTED BY HUNTER SCHAFER". Hypebae. Retrieved May 7, 2022.

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