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iO Tillett Wright
IO Tillett Wright.jpg
Wright in 2012
Born (1985-09-02) September 2, 1985 (age 33)
  • Television host
  • Photographer
  • Writer
  • Actor
  • Speaker

iO Tillett Wright is an American author, photographer,[1][2] TV host, and activist.[3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Wright grew up in New York City with his mother, Rebecca Wright, a photographer.[6][7]

Wright, during early childhood, rejected gender norms[7].[6]

He has since starred in MTV Suspect which aired in 2016. As news that co-star Nev Schulman had to leave the show to take care of his wife during her pregnancy, he confirmed the show's end on social media.[8]



In 2002, at the age of 17, Wright founded and served as editor-in-chief of a street art magazine, Overspray.[9]

Blogger and writer[edit]

Wright then became a featured columnist for T Magazine, at The New York Times. In addition, Wright had two regular blogs called Notes From The Underground—for which iO reviewed underground performance—and The Lowdown.[10][citation needed]

Wright's first book, Darling Days, A Memoir[11] was released on September 27, 2016, by Ecco Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.


In 2012, Wright delivered a talk at TEDxWomen in Washington, DC, called Fifty Shades Of Gay,[12] discussing sexuality and gender as a spectrum. The talk has been viewed over 2.8 million times.[13]


Wright is a self-taught photographer whose first camera was a Pentax KX.[14]

Since 2010, iO has been working on a project called Self Evident Truths that examines Americans, asking them whether they are "other than straight", and photographing respondents who self-evaluate themselves to be "anything other than 100% straight".[15] To date iO has photographed 9,803 people in all 50 States of the USA.[16]

Wright's photographs appeared on the cover of The New York Times magazine in August 2010, marking the beginning of his public photography career.[citation needed] On September 22, 2010, Wright opened Breedings, his first solo show of photographs, at Fuse Gallery in Manhattan. In August 2011, iO debuted Camila, his second solo show, and Act Like You're Fine, a group show he curated at Tokyo's Vacant Gallery.k

Television personality[edit]

In 2016, Wright began co-hosting the MTV show Suspect with Nev Schulman.[17][18][19]

In 2017, Wright was a co-host with Max Joseph, on MTV's TV show, Catfish: The TV Show Season 6 Episode 6.[citation needed]


As an actor, Wright appeared in numerous independent films, on Sex and the City, and after an almost decade long hiatus, the feature film Holy New York.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Wright prefers the use of the gendered pronouns "he/him" or no pronouns at all, just his legal first name, "iO".[20] Furthermore, Wright has written in an article for the Huffington Post that "there is nothing wrong with being a ‘they’, but, STRICTLY speaking [for himself], the shoe doesn’t fit."[21]

As of April 2017, Wright has stated that he currently prefers the use of the pronouns 'he/him', or none "just my name, not 'they/them'". He has stated, "That may change, as it has already changed many times, and I'm good with that".[22]


  1. ^ iO Tillett Wright. "iO Tillett Wright". Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Shades of Gay". The New York Times blog 6th Floor. July 19, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "Artist and activist iO Tillet Wright is helping to smash stereotypes". Huck Magazine. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Civilities: 8 LGBT names to know in 2016". Washington Post. January 18, 2016. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Kennedy, Rose (March 7, 2012). "Photographer iO Tillett Wright Intends to Capture the Humanity of the LGBT Community in Self-Evident Truth Project". Metro Pulse. Archived from the original on December 19, 2014. Wright, 26, grew up as a female in Manhattan
  6. ^ a b Ossad, Jordana. "Meet Nev Schulman's 'MTV Catfish' Co-Host iO Tillett Wright". mtv.com. Viacom International Incorporated. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Who's who in these Nan Goldin photos?". uk.phaidon.com. Phaidon. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  8. ^ iO Tillet Wright [@iOlovesyou] (August 12, 2016). "Hey friends, it's true. There is no more MTV Suspect after this season. Nev Schulman has cute babies to make! But..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Tillett Wright, iO. "About Me". darlingdays.com. iO Tillett Wright. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "IO Tillett Wright – T Magazine Blog".
  11. ^ "Darling Days – IndieBound".
  12. ^ Wright, iO Tillett. "Fifty shades of gay" – via www.ted.com.
  13. ^ Wright, iO Tillett, Fifty shades of gay, retrieved May 19, 2017
  14. ^ "iO Tillett Wright". thecitrusreport.com. The Citrus Report. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  15. ^ "Home". SELF EVIDENT TRUTHS. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  16. ^ Serafini, Marisa (October 17, 2016). "iO Tillett Wright: My Parents Never Once Questioned My Gender". AfterBuzz TV Network. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "iO Tillett Wright joins Nev Schulman for MTV's "Catfish" spin-off "Suspect" – AfterEllen". AfterEllen. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  18. ^ John Panichella (March 1, 2016). "Nev Schulman and iO Tillett Wright Talk New MTV Show "Suspect"". J-14. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "Non-Binary Artist iO Tillet Wright Joins Catfish's Nev Schulman For "MTV Suspect" – NewNowNext". LOGO News. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  20. ^ "iO Tillett Wright on Twitter".
  21. ^ artist, iO Tillett Wright Photography-based visual (May 14, 2014). "He / She / It / ... Me".
  22. ^ "iO Tillett Wright on Instagram".

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