Dominique Jackson is no wallflower. She’s been modeling for more than 20 years (with credits including Vogue España), and has had a dynamic life. That is to say: Dominique has seen it all. Her childhood was blemished with abuse and assault, but through the 13-year-long cleansing process of writing her autobiography, The Transsexual from Tobago, Dominique rose above the pain to be the self-possessed woman you’ve come to know on Oxygen’s Strut, a show about the first all-transgender modeling agency.
Now an LGBT and human rights activist as well as model, the Tobago born Dominique is full of wisdom. We spoke to her about her 18-year-relationship, the strains of balancing career and love, her tumultuous childhood, and what it meant to be one of the first-ever trans people to ever have a wedding ceremony on television.
You’ve been modeling for more than two decades. What unique challenges did you face