“We live in a more accepting world now, and I couldn’t be more grateful,” says Norman (left) of the progress that’s been made. Norman and Mock were photographed at Ophelia in New York on April 13.
“Finally!” exclaims Janet Mock with a flourish, as she walks over to Tracey “Africa” Norman and embraces her in a warm hug at New York’s Ophelia Lounge. “I’ve known about Tracey for a really long time,” says Mock, 36. “But spending time with her today? She doesn’t disappoint.” Longtime fashion runway fixture Norman – who in the mid-’70s became the first black trans woman to be featured on a Clairol hair color box – occupied Mock’s mind as a fabled figure during her teen years in Hawaii. “During my own transition, I had heard about a model in New York who was trans, so Tracey was always this enigma – but also a heroine for brown trans girls.”