by Stephanie Eckardt
September 17, 2018
Most of the Scandinavian It girls who’ve been making such a splash these days achieved their status by showing off their street style between fashion shows in cities like Stockholm and Copenhagen. Emma Ellingsen is the latest to join their influential ranks, despite the fact that she lives an hour outside of Oslo and has never been to Fashion Week. She does, however, have 250,000 followers on Instagram and 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. With a quick scroll through her selfie-filled feed, it’s easy enough to understand how Ellingsen, who just turned 17, has already made it. And it’s also easy enough to fall in love with her feed without knowing that she’s transgender.
Ellingsen was already making a name for herself before she took a departure from her usual YouTube videos by uploading her first in English, titled simply “I’M TRANSGENDER,” last July. After that, her follower count and popularity exploded, and hasn’t stopped growing since.