At 28 years old, Indya Moore has this physical status:
Assigned male at birth, Indya Moore is a Bronx native of Haitian, Puerto Rican, and Dominican ancestry. At the age of 14, they left their parents' home due to their parents' transphobia, and entered into foster care. They moved around frequently during this time, eventually living in all five boroughs of New York City. After being frequently bullied, Moore dropped out of high school during their sophomore year. They began working as a model at the age of 15, and eventually earned their General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
Moore is transgender and non-binary and goes by they/them and she/her pronouns. Moore has spoken openly about their lifelong struggles with the bullying and transphobia that caused them to leave home at 14 and drop out of school in the 10th grade.
In an interview with Pose co-star Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Moore discussed how, despite identifying as non-binary, being seen as a woman means they are still subjected to the same "surveillance and scrutiny" as women, and to a desire to use fashion to take back that power:
In December 2018, Moore came out as polyamorous.
Moore became a model at the age of 15, and began working shoots for Dior and Gucci, despite the fashion industry's initial treatment of them as a risky choice.
Although Moore was booking modeling gigs, they became increasingly disenchanted with the fashion industry and its emphasis on body image. Moore met legendary dancer and ballroom veteran Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza while doing background for the television series The Get Down. He encouraged them to pursue acting and sent Moore to an audition for the independent film Saturday Church. Moore landed the role of Dijon, and the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter called it "sweet and soulful". The film was later released on January 12, 2018 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
In early 2017, Moore walked in New York Fashion Week and was photographed for Vogue España. That year, Moore appeared in Katy Perry's music video for the single "Swish Swish", and performed live with Perry on the May 20, 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live, where they were credited as a member of the House of Xtravaganza.
In late 2017, Moore was cast in Pose, Ryan Murphy's FX television series about New York City ball culture in the late 1980s. Moore portrays Angel Evangelista, a transgender sex worker who joins the House of Evangelista after leaving the House of Abundance with her friend Blanca, portrayed by Michaela Jaé Rodriguez. While working at the piers, she meets Stan, a yuppie played by Evan Peters, and becomes his mistress.
The series premiered on June 3, 2018, and attracted critical acclaim. The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted network series with over 50 transgender characters. On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered on June 11, 2019.
In 2018, Moore signed a contract with IMG Models and William Morris Endeavor (WME). Moore was WME's first signed contract with a trans actor. Moore also started the production company Beetlefruit Media, which provides a platform for stories about disenfranchised groups.
Moore has appeared in J.View's 2017 "Don't Pull Away" music video, and in Blood Orange's 2018 "Saint" video.
In May 2019, Moore became the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of the U.S. version of Elle magazine.
In December 2019, Moore debuted as the voice of Shep on the animated limited series Steven Universe Future. The character is also non-binary.
Moore had been cast in the psychological thriller film Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, the sequel to the 2019 film Escape Room. The film was released on July 16, 2021.
Moore will appear in the upcoming horror television series, Magic Hour, a gender-bending recreation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by Che Grayson and filmed in Tokyo, on which they also serve as an executive producer. Moore is set to appear in the short film Spot.
In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named them among the fifty heroes "leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people".
I took a qayaq 1 Mile out into the ocean to another small island. I was paddling so hard, the ocean was so strong. It was the first time I’ve ever done this by myself. I was unafraid going out, but turning back around, was the part I needed bravery for. Throughout my time, i sang, prayed, I let go and I learned to trust my body, my strength, & my ancestral memory. I made it back to the shore safely on my own, and I was thankful to know that If I didn’t there were wonderful brothers, who were watching and waiting for me to return back safely, ready to help me if My arms failed in strength. I Qayaked 2 miles against and with the ocean by myself. I got to learn the sea, and experience a new dimension of self trust and unknown. I feel so thankful for this moment with myself, God, Atabey & knowing that I was cared for, in the end by brothers. ❤️. I would advise against Qayaking alone in waters you do not know, and without understanding your physical capacity. This was a risky little voyage, but it was some how necessary for my learning, and journey to remember. And one more thing, I also remember while praying and singing for support I was little splashes across the water around me, like fish were jumping or something I couldn’t tell what it was, it frightened me a little, but i accepted it as a sign of reception and kept rowing.
We’ve become like an autoimmune malfunction. A condition in which the body essentially attacks itself by failure to identify itself from an invasive infection. Or like a cell that has forgotten it’s native identity, & mutates against itself, & multiplies endlessly- with the goal of only consuming nutrients from the surrounding healthy cells, like a cancer. There’s a line between parasitic infection & probiotic symbiosis. The parasite doesn’t care if the host survives. But The symbiotic sees itself & it’s survival as a intrinsically connected part of a larger body & vice versa. Earth, is experiencing a fever, like never before, desperately fighting the infection, of our destructive individualistic behavior. Many powerful are distracted by this sacrificial, spiritless, foolish self destructive drunken fight for terf & domination it seems natural. But its the manifestation of our separation from nature. Perhaps an infection is what we have become, as we destroy ourselves, ourselves including not just humans, but ourselves including our spiritual connection, plants, trees and other animals the soil, the mycelium. This is the manifestation of life lived unconscious of matter. If we continue to live, as though nothing matters, nothing will in the end because there will be nothing left to matter. We’ve tricked ourselves with wealth, psychointelligence & competition to a selfish, individualistic path of infinite destruction. The more we continue to entertain false competition, kill, & bicker over trivial race, sexuality, gender & body politics the more we will lessen our collective likelihood for survival, & the more nature will fight back in unforeseen ways. It feels like these pandemics are the immuno response of earth. There’s one path forward, it’s more obvious to me each day: compassion, forgiveness, harmony gentleness, end of war on body & land possession- nurturing the earth, because when we nurture the earth we nurture ourselves & each other. The existential experience of all life, must be respected, & nourished now more than ever. the more this truth is received like a boring fantasy the more realistic our doom will become.
“For the city life is becoming desperate With the dark air which burns with fire Until they soon will be unfit for living And the many homes will be without man It is lovely, it is lovely indeed I, I am the spirit within the earth The feet of the earth are my feet The legs of the earth are my legs All the strength of the earth is my strength The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts The voice of the earth is my voice The feather of the earth is my feather All that belongs to the earth belongs to me All that surrounds the earth surrounds me I, I am the sacred words of the earth It is lovely, it is lovely indeed” -The Signs IV, David Axelrod