Katie Couric Asks Transgender Aspiring Victoria’s Secret Model About ‘Private Parts’

By Penny Starr | January 13, 2014 | 4:14 PM EST

Transgender model Carmen Carrera

(CNSNews.com) - During a Jan. 8 interview with transgender woman Carmen Carrera on ABC’s “Katie” show, host Katie Couric asked Carrera about her “transition” from man to woman, including whether her genitalia had changed.

“Your private parts are different now, aren’t they?” Couric asked after Carrera said she had surgery on her nose and breasts. “I don’t want to talk about it, because it’s really personal,” Carrera said.

In November, a petition was started on change.org, asking Victoria’s Secret to hire Carrera as its first transgender model.

Caarrera is the first transgender woman to be hired by Elite Model Management, a New York City-based modeling agency.

“By asking Carmen to be a model, Victoria's Secret would show the entire community that they embrace trans patrons,” the petition with more than 45,000 signatures stated. “There are so many prejudices toward the trans community, even within the LGBT community, and many trans individuals are not seen as real people.

“To see a transgender model walk would show that trans women are to be taken seriously and that Angels are selected because of their character and talent,” the petition stated. “As a brand, Victoria's Secret should feel comfortable marketing towards ALL types of women.”

In the ABC interview, Couric asked Carrera about the “painful” process required to “transition” from a man to a woman, including drug treatment and surgery. “I haven’t gotten a lot of surgery done,” Carrera said when asked about her “transition.”

“I just did my nose, I just got my breasts done,” Carrera said. “Just little things that I’ve always wanted to do.”

When Couric asked Carrera about her “private parts,” she did not answer the question specifically.

“I don’t want to talk about it, because it’s really personal,” Carrera said.

Carrera was part of the cast of the TV reality series “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where men dressd like women compete for the top prize.