Video Picks: Charlie Craggs – Trans activist and social entrepreneur

Artists, designers and creatives often use their skills to create projects that tackle personal issues close to their heart.

But we can’t think of many other projects that are quite as fearless in confronting big life questions as ‘Nailtransphobia’. Self-funded by Charlie Craggs, ‘Nailtransphobia’ is a pop-up nail studio- come along and you’ll get a mannie from Charlie and the chance to ask her questions about being trans and the trans community.

Created during her final year studying creative direction for fashion, Charlie continued to develop the project after graduation whilst working on the editiorial team for Pigeons and Peacocks.

Built through the power of social media, it didn’t take long for brands and large organisations to take notice. She’s written for Teen Vogue, and been recognised by HuffPost UK, the Observer and the Independent as one of the world’s most influential trans activists.


Credit: Modern Rebels: Charlie Craggs – Trans activist © Victoria and Albert Museum, London. This video introduces you to Charlie, how her experiences led her to create 'Nailtransphobia' and how she uses the money made from the project to help other trans people.

In the video Charlie name checks Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P.Johnson, two trans and gay activists that popular culture has overlooked. We’re imagining that they had some influence on Charlie’s latest project, a book called ‘To my trans sisters’ where you’ll find tips and advice from ‘politicians, scientists, models, athletes, authors, musicians, beauty queens and ‘straight up trans icons’ including Juno Dawson and Rhiannon Styles’.

To us Charlie is more than a trans activist. Some would say she’s a social entrepreneur – part of a new generation of socially minded creatives who aren’t working the 9-5 office routine, but interested in generating exposure and money for good causes. They are directing their own projects; making their own networks and building their own platforms to do some good in the world.

Find out more about Nailtransphobia
Watch HuffPost UK’s ‘New Activists’ series featuring Charlie Craggs.

Find out more about the course Charlie studied:
BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion

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