MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – A Madison native who works in New York City as a fashion designer is featured as a model in this month’s issue of Vogue magazine.
“It was a very rewarding experience. Validate as a designer, validate as a woman, validate in so many ways, ”said Ryne Larson.
The 29-year-old grew up in the western part of Madison and attended high school in Lake Mills. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and has lived and worked in the Big Apple ever since. Larson now works as an associate designer for Marc Jacobs, a well-known fashion brand based in the city.
Larson is featured on a full page and in the photo she is wearing a light blue dress by Marc Jacobs that she helped design. She also wears a surgical mask and white gloves.
“I love it. At first I saw it digitally on Instagram and didn’t know how I felt because it was just weird to see, then I wanted to see the print and when I seeing the print, I just couldn’t believe it, “she mentioned.” Just hold on Vogue, it has always been a bit of my bible when I was a child and I am very proud of it ”,
Larson says she is grateful that her company recognized her for her hard work.
“The company nominated me to be a part of this feature which is a feature for unsung heroes in the fashion industry,” Larson said. “There are so many things that go into making a garment. It is much more than what people think ”,
Larson is also a transgender woman. She hopes her confidence as a designer can help others like her – and anyone else who might need encouragement – to pursue their dreams.
“I’m so open about who I am. If I had seen this when I was 14 – I had no role model for who I wanted to be and I didn’t even know it could be my reality – then I hope it can inspire someone ”, she declared.
The September issue of Vogue is now available on newsstands. You can find Larson on page 272.
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