He also applauded the decision to have the campaign shot by Mr. Weber, who is perhaps the pre-eminent all-American fashion photographer, having worked with Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch, saying it sends a powerful message.
Ranging in age from 17 to “early 30s,” their races, socioeconomic positions and places on the transgender spectrum vary.
Mr. Venegas called the decision by Barneys to do an entire campaign devoted to transgender people, many of them nonmodels, “big news.”
They are just two of nearly 20 transgender models photographed by Bruce Weber who will appear in the new Barneys catalog and magazine campaign, wearing clothes from designers like Ann Demeulemeester, Balenciaga, Lanvin and Manolo Blahnik.
Gisele Xtravaganza is Hispanic and grew up in the Bronx. Max Neu, who is white, is from Hamburg, Germany.
“I was exquisitely aware that in the last decade, the L.G.B. communities have made extraordinary advances, and the transgender community has not shared in that progress,” Mr. Freedman said.
In an interview, Mr. Freedman said that the campaign was a chance to create awareness of a community that has in many ways been left behind as gay men and lesbians have moved further and further into the mainstream.
Alongside photographs of the subjects, many taken with family members, pets and other members of their support networks, the catalog also features excerpts from interviews with the participants by the journalist Patricia Bosworth, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the biographer of Diane Arbus.
The fashion world has not been terribly quick to embrace transgender people in imagery, although there are exceptions.
Bruce Weber photographed nearly 20 transgender models for a catalog and magazines.