LIFE

Meet Casil McArthur: A Transgender Role Model for Our Times

Written by Karin Nelson
Photographed by Steven Meisel

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Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

“He sees me in a different light, and it’s allowed me to really be me,” says transgender model Casil McArthur of Steven Meisel, who shot him for a 16-page spread in W‘s September issue. Now, McArthur, 17, wants to be a role model for others: “My goal is to be that person whom other kids can look up to, someone who succeeded in being who they are.”

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

GC2B binder tank top.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Tim Coppens sweatshirt.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Prada jacket; Simon Miller jeans; necklace from Love Adorned, New York; Raf Simons boots.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci jacket; DKNY T-shirt; stylist’s own necklace.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Public School shirt; Koche mesh top; Calvin Klein Underwear briefs; Guess jeans; David Samuel Menkes Custom Leatherwear hat and cuff; David Yurman necklace; LaCrasia Gloves glove; stylist’s own belt.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Rag & Bone coat; Current/Elliott camo jacket; No. 21 sweater; Faith Connexion T-shirt (underneath).

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Belstaff jacket and trousers; Zana Bayne belt; Alexander McQueen gloves; the Frye Company boots.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Coach 1941 jacket; stylist’s own socks.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Etro sweater; ’47 hat.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Calvin Klein Collection parka; Alexander Wang T-shirt, and hoodie (around waist); Guess jeans.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

R13 shirt; Alexander Wang T-shirt; Gogo Graham pants; Yeezy Season 2 boots.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

R13 shirt; Alexander Wang T-shirt.

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Casil McArthur
Photographs by Steven Meisel, Styled by Edward Enninful

Vetements jacket and hoodie; Yang Li trousers. Hair by Guido for Redken; makeup by Pat McGrath for Covergirl; manicure by Jin Soon Choi for JINsoon. Set design by Daniel Graff for Mary Howard Studio. Model: Casil McArthur at Soul Artist Management.
art direction by Jason Duzansky; digital technician: Noah Esperas; retouching: gloss studio; Produced by Steven Dam for PRODn at Art + Commerce; Production Manager: Wesley Torrance; Production Coordinator: Tyler Strawhecker; Fashion Assistants: Ryann Foulke, Dena Giannini, Sam Walker, Devon Head, lauren Bensky, Nataleigh Lalonde; Set-Design Assistants: lou Sarowsky, Greg Huff, Ngoclan Tran, Kyle Hagemeir, Dorothee Baussan.