Transgender models have appeared previously on global versions of the Top Model franchise, most notably Isis King on America’s Next Top Model Cycle 11 and ANTM: All Stars. None of them, however, have ever walked away with the title. That is, until now.
Over 640,000 Dutch viewers tuned in this week to witness Loiza Lamers make history. The 20-year-old stunner won Season 8 of Holland’s Next Top Model, becoming the first transgender from the Top Model franchise to do so. Loiza later took to Instagram to thank her fans.
“Dear all!!! Thank you for all your votes sweet comments and support. I am so very happy with everything I got to experience. Thanks thanks thanks!”
Born male named Lucas, Lamers underwent surgeries when she turned 18. When the former hairdresser entered the competition, no one knew of her transgender status. As the competition went on, Loiza decided to tell her story a few weeks before the live finale.
Check out her winning moment below, along with photos from the cycle’s photoshoots. Congrats to Loiza for making history.