Twenty-two year-old Danish model Josephine Skriver is the product of in-vitro fertilization between her lesbian mother and gay father. She opened up to i-D magazine about being a “rainbow baby” and how she hopes her platform as a model can give her a big voice to use in the fight for LGBT equality.
Over 20 years ago, Skriver’s mother put out an ad in an LGBT magazine in search of a gay male partner to start a family with. Skriver said because she was part of the LGBTQ community herself, “it just came as a very natural choice to seek a father from the same background.”
Growing up, Skriver was the only one in her age group with LGBT parents. It wasn’t until a few years later, when her brother was born, that her parent’s friends started to have their own children.
She said that she has experienced some discrimination, but growing up in progressive Denmark, she wasn’t aware of how much discrimination was actually out there.
“…I think growing up in a country like Denmark has shielded me from a lot of the hate that still exists in other parts of the world,” she said. “I have only recently started to understand the extent of it.”
Skriver said that she hopes one day “family” will mean more than a traditional straight family.
“For me, family is a group of people bound by love,” she said. “Love is what makes a family.”
Now, Skriver hopes to raise awareness for the LGBT community.
“I hope I can help raise awareness about how amazing and loving parents’ members of the LGBTQ community can be,” she said. “Who they love does not make them any less capable of raising great human beings. The more people realize that my own upbringing and that of others were healthy, positive ones, the more they will come to understand that the love in an LGBTQ household is no different.”