Vogue magazine sparks backlash by naming trans cyclist Emily Bridges as the ONLY sportswoman on this year’s list of 25 ‘powerhouse’ women
- Bridges campaigned against a British cycling ban on trans athletes competing
Vogue magazine has sparked a backlash after the only sportswoman named on its of list of the top 25 ‘powerhouse’ women was transgender cyclist Emily Bridges.
The cyclist, who has campaigned against a British Cycling ban on trans athletes competing in the women’s category, was featured on the list in the magazine’s September issue.
Other women on the list included 25-year-old pop star Raye, BBC broadcaster Naga Munchetty and fashion designer Sarah Burton.
Some gender critical campaigners have reportedly questioned why no other female sportswomen were featured on the list.
Outspoken campaigner and former Olympian runner Maya Yamauchi wrote on social media: ‘Right now there are numerous fabulous female athletes in Budapest competing at the World Athletics Champs.
Vogue magazine has sparked a backlash after the only sportswoman named on its of list of the top 25 ‘powerhouse’ women was transgender cyclist Emily Bridges
The cyclist has campaigned against a British Cycling ban on trans athletes competing in the women’s category
‘In other sports too, thousands of fabulous female athletes British Vogue could have chosen.’
Meanwhile, Fiona McAnena, director of Fair Play for Women, said the nomination was a ‘real kick in the teeth for women’.
She told the Telegraph: ‘Emily Bridges is not yet a successful international cyclist so it’s hard to see why Bridges is there.
‘Katarina Johnson-Thompson became the World Champion in the heptathlon– she is a world champion in a really tough event. She should be in there, not Bridges.’
Throughout the Vogue article, the 22-year-old cyclist highlighted why she was continuing her fight for inclusion within the world of sport, adding that it had caused her to receive ‘death threats’.
She told the magazine: ‘It’s very scary at the moment, but I genuinely believe that we will win.’
Other women on the list included 25-year-old pop star Raye, BBC broadcaster Naga Munchetty and fashion designer Sarah Burton
The Welsh athlete added that the next step is to fight the decision ‘in the courts’.
British Cycling’s decision to ban transgender women from racing in the female category was made in May of this year, leading to gender critical activists praising the organisation.
At the time Bridges branded the decision as a ‘genocide against us’ adding that the move could she her giving up competitive cycling and emigrate.
The cyclist, who set a national junior men’s record over 25 miles in 2018 before transitioning said at the time: ‘I’m having to consider an exit plan from this terrible island.’
MailOnline has contacted Vogue.
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