Five Must-See Videos to Celebrate Transgender Icon Candy Darling’s Birthday

Now a prized fixture of Andy Warhol’s Factory scene, Candy Darling, originally nicknamed “Hope Slattery,” was way ahead of her time, pioneering a gender-fluid movement decades before the nation was ready to accept such identities in the way it does today.

“There is one thing I must tell you because I just found it to be a truth,” Darling famously said. “You must always be yourself no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality.” Though these words would’ve been viewed as rebellious in the distant days Darling stormed NYC streets in stilettos, in 2015 they sound wonderfully relevant—a subtle testament to the cultural impact of this underground superstar.

To celebrate Darling’s birthday—she would’ve been 71, today—we’ve compiled our favorite videos, all featuring the trans trailblazer.

Candy Darling in Flesh:

 Andy Warhol and Candy Darling Interview:

Candy Darling at the Whitney Museum:

Candy Warhol in Women in Revolt:

Candy Darling sings 1928’s “Ramona:”

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