Tatler makes history as first Russian magazine to feature a trans cover star

Tatler has become the first Russian glossy magazine to feature a trans woman on the cover.

Natasha Maximova appears on the April issue of the long-running magazine, which hits newsstands today (11 March), alongside the headline: “My name is Natasha. This is how to change your gender, country and life.”

The Kazakh-born, Paris-based socialite came out to her Instagram followers last December. In her Tatler interview, she says she “never had the need to come out” until she witnessed a confrontation in Belgium.

“I realised at that moment that I have no right not to protect others. I have no right to remain silent,” she said.

It’s a brave move for both the magazine and Maximova, as there has been increased hostility towards LGBTQ people in Russia over the last decade.

“From tomboy to a cover-girl,” she wrote alongside her cover on Instagram.

“Being the first transgender woman on Tatler cover I want to dedicate it to those who fight, to those who love and to those who made their choices or on their way to take a decision.

“You are all different, you are all beautiful and you are all YOU! Thank you for believing!”

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От мальчика из Казахстана до девочки с обложки. Пишу этот пост в одиночестве, чтобы не сбивались мысли, но, время от времени, отчаянно хочется позвонить кому-то из друзей и сказать «приезжай, ущипни меня». Сегодня случилось то, о чем я никогда не могла подумать (а я склонна к фантазиям) – я на обложке журнала Татлер. Не могу описать чувство, которое испытываю, могу сказать лишь одно – это не тщеславие, не миг удовлетворения, не, даже, радость. Я испытываю гордость. Отнюдь не за себя, а за всех тех, кто окружал меня все это время. Кто шёл со мной и был рядом. За новых друзей и старых. За тех, кто дал понять, что абсолютно ВСЁ возможно – главное верить. За девочек «со звездочкой». За мужчин и женщин. За тех, кто поддерживал, и кто наоборот, тем самым делая меня сильнее. За тех, кто другой; за тех, кто борется. За маленьких и больших, за смелых и тех, кто только взвешивает свои силы. За людей! Моя обложка это – шаг вперёд; доказательство, что было всё не зря. И что главное – идти своим путём, выбирать который можете только вы. Спасибо! From tomboy to a cover-girl. Being the first transgender woman on Tatler cover I want to dedicate it to those who fight, to those who love and to those who made their choices or on their way to take a decision. You are all different, you are all beautiful and you are all YOU! Thank you for believing! @ksenia_tatler @karinadobrotvorskaya @tatler_russia MUA @molchanof hair @kochegov_konstantin style @ngoldenberg photo @olgaizakson production @angelatayants support @andreyartyomov @ilonastolie @renatalitvinovaofficiall @arkhangelskaya_n @anzarts @mdruyan @benzhar @kozakvitaly @nickpotyl @mohammed and all all all ♥️

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While being LGBTQ isn’t illegal in Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created a hostile environment for the whole community. A prominent LGBTQ activist was murdered last year after her name was listed on a vile ‘gay-hunting’ website.

Elsewhere, in self-governed Russian state Chechnya, gay people have been rounded up and held in modern-day concentration camps, with many of them tortured for information and some even beaten to death.

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