Transgender model to appear on ‘Road to the Runway’


Carmen Szukaitis, an Ohio University senior, will appear on

On New Year’s Eve 2021, Ohio University senior Carmen Szukaitis had a feeling that 2022 was going to be her year.

Earlier that month, she had applied to Slay Model Management, an agency for transgender models based in Los Angeles.

Her mother, Kim, had watched “Always Jane” on Amazon Prime which was a docuseries chronicling Jane Noury, a transgender teen who was pursuing a career in modeling with Slay Model Management.

She told Carmen to check out the agency. Carmen finally decided to apply after receiving so many comments about her appearance at the grocery store where she worked.

“My customers would come to me like, ‘Why are you working at a grocery store? Like, you should be a model,'” Szukaitis said. “I guess after hearing that for so long, I will just give this a try.”

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