Colombia’s Soho magazine, which is targeted at the male market with photos of scantily-clad women, is demonstrating its open-mindedness by featuring transsexual Colombian TV and film star Endry Cardeño on the cover of the next issue, radiostation La F.M. reported Friday.
Cardeño, who underwent a sex change when she was 17 years old, shot to fame as a popular star of the soap opera “Los Reyes” (“The Kings”) and has since acted in several films.
The transsexual actress from Cucuta, Colombia, is an icon for LBGT (lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender) rights, although she says that love is more important to her than the legal right to marry.
She initially faced criticism from conservative sectors of society upon first assuming her role in the soap opera but now enjoys a large following.
Soho magazine is considered the Colombian equivalent of Playboy or Maxim, making Cardeño an intriguing choice to front the next issue.