100 Women We Love: Class of 2017

Every June, GO compiles a select list of talented tastemakers, influencers and all-around inspirational women who are making their mark on the LGBT community and on the world at large.

Rain Dove

Photo by Matt Licari

Model/activist Rain Dove has become the face of androgyny, and not only is that fine by her, it’s helped to put her on the map. In addition to being featured in magazines like Vogue, Elle, Cosmo and W, Dove has appeared in campaigns for Dove, Illamasqua and Calvin Klein and has an upcoming gig with Sisley. She says her coming out story was pretty “funny,” in that she completely misunderstood what her first girlfriend meant when she said “open relationship.” “I thought it meant ‘openly gay,’” Dove says. “This person was Muslim [and] their family was very conservatively Muslim. So I thought, ‘If this person can be openly gay to them, then I should at the very least be openly gay to my modestly Christian family.’” So, she says, she immediately  “called everyone.” “‘Grandma. I’m gay. I just wanted you to know because I’m in an open relationship and it’s important to be open with you!’” Dove recalls. “Meanwhile I was just one of a few people they were dating at the time!” Dove remains “openly” herself and is currently planning a college tour to speak about “identity and self-truth” in the next year. —TB

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