Vogue pens an article on Casil’s MAJOR runway debut and him being a role model in the trans community.
Model Casil McArthur is a fresh name in the industry: Just last night, he walked for Coach Fall 2017 Menswear—his first runway show—as a male. It wasn’t exactly McArthur’s very first time on the runway. The 17-year-old had been modeling since the age of 10 under the name Dani Rose and had appeared on runways in cities like Singapore. But since recently transitioning and signing to modeling agency Soul Artist Management, McArthur’s popularity has skyrocketed: He’s landed jobs with photographers like Steven Meisel and Collier Schorr. “I still haven’t grasped the situation!” he said over the phone.
McArthur hails from the small town of Estes Park, Colorado, “where everyone knows each other,” he said, and was home-schooled starting after the third grade. Growing up, he partook in cosplay (short for costume play). “It was a very welcoming environment where I could be who I wanted to be, but be public,” he said. “It was a very amazing form of expression to me and it still really is. Though, I don’t get to do it as much.”
Now, McArthur can be comfortable as himself in the public eye—and the Coach runway serves as a mainstream platform for the model to share his story. “I don’t really know how [Coach] will change things, but I think it will be awesome,” he said. “I am excited about any possibilities.”
For McArthur, those possibilities aren’t only related to his résumé: His impact runs deeper than scoring big-name shows. Over the past several months, he has become a role model within the trans community, especially for the younger generation on social media. “I never thought [modeling] would be something so impacting for people. The feedback I have been getting has been unreal,” he said, explaining that many young fans have reached out on Instagram with questions or stories from their own lives. “It definitely makes me want to strive to be better every single day,” he said. “Someone needs to be there to support these kids.”
by Liana Satenstein for Vogue.com