Whoopi Goldberg is set to exec produce a new original series from Oxygen Media titled Strut which revolves around Slay Model Management, the self-proclaimed world’s first exclusively transgender modeling agency.

“The series will follow a group of inspiring and resilient trailblazers who are working to change the modeling industry and the world around them, by simply being true to themselves.” – Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media

“The show is important because despite advances the community has made,  “transgender” still is a hot-button word that gets people hysterical.  People tend to focus on the stereotype instead of the person.  The series is a unique opportunity to spend time with real people who are struggling with the same challenges we all face as we make our way through the world.” – Whoopi Goldberg

Goldberg is currently a host on The View where she is in the last year of her four year contract, and will be a guest star in ABC’s eight hour miniseries, When We Rise, a seven part series about the gay rights movement, alongside Michael K. Williams.  She is also set to star in a drama revolving around the 9/11 attack titled Nine Eleven alongside Charlie Sheen.

Strut is produced by One Hoe Productions and 44 Blue Productions.  In addition to Goldberg, exec producers include Tom Leonardis, Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Bobby Sizemore.  The series is scheduled to premiere later this year.