Canadian model Gigi Gorgeous detained at Dubai airport for being transgender
According to Dubai airport police, Gigi Gorgeous was detained because she was using a passport that listed her as male and displayed a male photo. (Twitter)
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Canadian transgender model Gigi Gorgeous, was held for over 5 hours at the Dubai airport Wednesday, People Magazine reported. "Yesterday was one of the scariest moments of my entire life and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone," Gorgeous said on social media.
"How you can be denied entry somewhere just because of who you are is seriously disgusting and also very scary. This further proves the need for CHANGE.”
According to TMZ, a Dubai immigration officer said to Gorgeous "I was told you are transgender. You cannot come into the country." Airport police claimed Gorgeous used a passport that listed her as male and displayed a male photo, but Gorgeous claims that is not the case.
Gigi Gorgeous is now free and out of Dubai. She has taken to Instagram to write about the terrible ordeal: pic.twitter.com/k3EMnnIqZ2— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) August 10, 2016
Gorgeous, 24, said she is now "safe and sound and happy" and heading somewhere "much more accepting."
In Dubai, "imitation of women by men" is against the law and can result in up to one year in prison.
Gorgeous, born Gregory Allan Lazzarto, came into the spotlight in 2008 when she began posting makeup tutorials, and later documented her transition on Youtube.