LAVERNE COX made television history when she became the first African American transgender woman to appear on an American reality show with her appearance as a finalist on VH1's "I Want to Work for Diddy." She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for "I Want to Work For Diddy."
As an actress Laverne has guest starred on "Law and Order", "Law and Order: SVU", and HBO's "Bored to Death." She recently starred in the forthcoming independent film "Uncle Stephanie." Her other film credits include "Bronx Paradise," "The Kings of Brooklyn" and "Daughter of Arabia."
Laverne has appeared at performance venues all over New York City as an actor, dancer and Emcee including Radio City Music Hall, P.S. 122, La Mama Etc, The Duplex and The Producer's Club.
NINA POON was born in 1975 in Saigon, Vietnam, the oldest child of traditional Chinese parents. Multi-faceted media artist Nina Poon immigrated with her family in 1978 to Orlando, Florida at age four. Nina took an early interest in fashion and illustration and gained entry into Miami's International Fine Arts College. At seventeen, Nina left home to fulfill her dream of becoming a fashion designer.
Nina currently lives in New York with her boyfriend, Robert Jason, an Emmy award winning producer and filmmaker. Nina appears in Jason's forthcoming docu-series on the lives of transsexual women in New York entitled BEING T. In addition to making appearances on the Fuse Network's PANTS OFF DANCE OFF and Style Network's SPLIT ENDS, Nina was cast in her first motion picture speaking role in director Dito Montiel's FIGHTING starring Terrence Howard and Channing Tatum.
Kenneth Cole chose Nina to star in his Fall 2008 international advertising campaign. She was the first transgender female to model in full page ads featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, New York Times, Marie Claire, WWD and the list goes on. The campaign was nominated for two 2009 GLAAD Awards. Nina also continues to enjoy her work as a makeup artist, fashion illustrator and has recently added photo retouching to her list of talents.
JAMIE CLAYTON was born and raised in San Diego, California, Jamie Clayton moved to New York when she was 19-years-old to pursue a career as a makeup artist. Working in the fashion & beauty industries for over a decade now, she has assisted some of the industry's top makeup artists. She has worked on campaigns and editorials for major publications such as V magazine, W, Teen Vogue and Interview magazine.
In August of 2008 she was interviewed by Spencer Morgan for The New York Observer in an article titled "The Second Most Beautiful Girl In New York." Soon after she appeared on The Tyra Banks Show and was a feature story on CBS's 365 News airing on the LOGO channel. Jamie's "out" status led to her becoming a positive role model for the Transgender community.