We’re sure you’re already aware, but Munroe Bergdorf absolutely slayed it for her first ever Gay Times cover.

The model and activist serves some seriously sensual looks for the incredible shoot in our October 2018 issue, which saw her take over the penthouse apartment at the W London hotel in London’s Leicester Square.

“This photoshoot is the first time that I’ve genuinely felt really sexy and empowered on my terms,” Munroe admits in this behind-the-scenes look at the shoot.

“The vision is just a really unique embodiment of how I’m feeling at this point in my life.”

She adds: “I would say I’m a work in progress. I don’t believe that I’m perfect, and I don’t think a perfect person exists.

“But I’m willing to learn from my mistakes and try to be the best person I can be.”

Munroe has had a whirlwind 12 months, and while being dropped as the face of L’Oreal may have been a low point, it elevated her platform higher than ever before and has allowed her to become a positive voice for the community.

“I don’t think there’s any preparing anyone for when they become the focus of a media scandal. You never know where it’s going to go, and it’s something that pushes you to discover a lot about yourself. I discovered my voice in that time,” she tells model and entrepreneur Leomie Anderson in the October issue of Gay Times.

“Up until that point, I was only really speaking to people within my community. Once my voice broke out of the echo chamber and, I guess, into the consciousness of other people who didn’t know me personally, I got a lot more feedback and started to believe in myself more.”

Elsewhere in our cover interview, Munroe opens up about her decision to get plastic surgery, dealing with people who try to drag her down, and the public’s (often wrong) perceptions about trans people and what it means to transition.

You can buy Munroe Bergdorf’s Gay Times cover issue from our online store here.

Videographer Tommy Bruce
Photography Indrek Galetin
Fashion Kyle De’Volle
Photography equipment Teamwork Digital
Hair Virginie P Moreira
Makeup Bianca Spencer
Location Extreme WOW Suite at W London