Model and TV show host Tyra Banks has been tapped for a docuseries titled TransAmerica. According to reports, the eight-episode docuseries will chronicle a group of Chicago women united by the shared experience of being transgender.
The series, which will serve as a voice for the transgender community is described as an earnest look at a group of millennial women — who happen to be transgender — living, loving and building their careers. The series will explore how their sexuality impacts their lives.
Model/activist Carmen Carrera will lead the five women in the hour-long series. Tyra Banks (America’s Next Top Model) will executive produce alongside Gay Rosenthal (Behind the Music, Push Girls, Little People, Big World).
Speaking on the project transgender model Carmen Carrera says “Being a woman means everything to me. Before my transition I felt trapped, and now I’ve been set free. Carmen has arrived and I can’t wait to share my story.”
TransAmerica marks VH1′s third series to either star or prominently feature a transgender person or cast. Docuseries I Want to Work for Diddy helped jump-start the career of Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox in 2008, with the actress earning a spinoff series — TRANSform Me – in 2010.
The series will premiere in either late 2014 or early 2015.