Botswana’s first trans model Melino Carl uses fashion as a tool for activism and inclusivity, making waves on the runway.

Melino Carl is a name that has become synonymous with inclusivity, advocacy and activism in the fashion industry. As the first trans model from Botswana, she has broken down barriers and is making waves in the industry with her striking looks and powerful message.

Growing up in Botswana as a transgender woman, Carl faced many challenges and discrimination, which only fueled her determination to raise awareness and promote inclusivity. Through her work as a model, she has been able to use her platform to draw attention to the struggles and issues that the LGBTQ+ community faces in Botswana, and inspire positive change.

In addition to her modeling career, Carl is also the founder of “Queer Pride BW”, an organization that advocates for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community in Botswana. The organization provides support and resources to LGBTQ+ individuals in the country, while also promoting education and awareness on LGBTQ+ issues.

Carl’s activism extends beyond her work with Queer Pride BW, and into the fashion industry where she advocates for ethical and sustainable fashion. She believes that fashion can be a powerful tool for social change, and that it is important for the industry to be inclusive and responsible in its practices.

As a model, Carl has worked with several designers and brands, including Botswana-based fashion label “Esa”. The label featured her in their 2020 collection, which received widespread recognition and praise for its inclusivity and diversity. Carl has also walked the runway at the London Transgender Fashion Show and the Africa Fashion Week in London.

Through her modeling career and activism, Carl has become a role model for many young LGBTQ+ people in Botswana and around the world. Her work has helped to increase awareness and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community, which is often marginalized in African societies. Carl’s message is one of hope, acceptance, and inclusivity, and she is truly making a difference in the world of fashion and beyond.