exclusive

Maxim Magnus on Her Skin-Altering Moods and the Product That Makes Her Glow

I'm winding up the steep stairs to Maxim Magnus's apartment in central London on what is quite possibly the hottest day of the year. The 20-year-old Belgium-born model has opened up her home for a Byrdie UK shoot, and it's absolutely sweltering. The breakout star has modelled for Gucci, starred in off-kilter–cool magazines and walked the runways at London Fashion Week. She's young, but she's already achieved so much.

The transgender model is open and honest about her transition, a journey she began when she was 14, but it's not something that defines her. The part she plays on social media with her #TransIsNotATrend hashtag and in the LGBTQ+ community supporting those around her is inspiring, but when we sit down to talk all things beauty, it's just that: two women cooing over their mutual love of certain products.