Transgender individuals have been gaining quite lot of publicity recently due to a certain family member from the Kardashian clan. Why are we not surprised? Jokes aside, it’s impressive how the public has been so welcoming towards celebrities who’ve taken admirable steps towards changing their bodies to suit their ideal gender preferences. This process is not only physically painful but also a deeply emotional one, so any form of social or emotional support is always a good thing.
A transgender person is one who cannot identify with the gender they are expected to conform to. Case in point: One may be born as a male but somehow feels more inclined to identify as female and behave in a feminine manner. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, of course, but due to society’s expectations and biological instincts, it’s difficult to carry on living with a body which one is not comfortable with. This is why transgender individuals often opt for gender reassignment surgery to get the body they were not born with.
Most of us have heard about famous transgenders in Hollywood, such as Chaz Bono and Alexis Arquette, and those in the modelling industry – which includes Andreja Pejic and Isis King. However, what about transgender celebrities in Asia? Perhaps due to more conservative mindsets in Asia, there isn’t a lot of coverage on transgender celebrities. Nevertheless, times have changed and we are slowly seeing transgenders in Asian entertainment circles. Here are 10 beautiful Asian transgender celebrities who have proven that there should be no boundaries in the pursuing of one’s gendered identity.
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A transgender man is sharing stunning before and after images of himself to show that not all trans people exhibit outward signs of identifying with the opposite gender before their transitions.
Musician Jaimie Wilson, who transitioned from a woman to a man, revealed on Instagram that many people wouldn't accept that he was transgender at first because he presented himself as being 'feminine' for the first 18 years of his life.
'Don't judge a book by its cover,' he captioned two side-by-side images of himself. 'I am posting this picture to show that not everyone has to show "signs" to be transgender.'
Transformation: Musician Jaimie Wilson transitioned from a woman to a man after coming out as transgender. He is pictured before (left) and after (right his transition
Living his truth: Jaimie revealed that many people wouldn't accept that he was transgender at first because he presented himself as being 'feminine' for the first 18 years of his life
Spreading the word: The musician is tracking his progress and sharing his story on his Instagram page
The first photo sees Jaimie as a woman pre-transition, dressed in black lingerie, while he is shirtless and modeling Calvin Klein briefs in the second, post-transition image.
Jaimie stressed that 'you don'y have to pass a test to prove your're trans', adding that 'no one's journey is the same'.
'When I came out people refused to believe I was a man because of how "Feminine" I presented for 18 years,' he explained. 'So why am I posting this comparison?
'Because I want people to see it doesn't matter what some LOOKS like...if someone has the guts to tell you "I'm transgender" "I'm gay" "I'm bisexual" anything like that PLEASE BELIEVE them and be there for them because stereotypes need to be broken.'
His journey: Jaimie penned a powerful post to remind others that not all trans people show outward 'signs' that they are transgender before they come out
Before: Jaimie said he portrayed himself as a feminine woman because he felt pressured to
Start of it all: Jaimie is pictured after he cut his hair (left) and first came out and after taking testosterone for 7.5 months (right)
The powerful post has been liked more than 31,000 times, and many people praised Jaimie for his words.
The advocate for transgender awareness frequently shares these types of before and after photos as a way to track his transition progress and speak candidly about his journey.
Last month, Jaimie shared a photo of black and white photo himself as a woman, with long blonde hair, along with another image as a man, sporting facial hair.
Different person: Jaimie shared this before and after photo to celebrating taking testosterone for an entire year
What a difference: Within four months of taking testosterone, Jaimie started to grow facial hair (right)
Jaimie has also documented his top surgery to remove his breasts by posting before and after photos of his chest.
'I don't like to be vulnerable, but I think it's important to share. Please don't report this post, this is for educational purposes,' he captioned the images, which were previously taken down before the nipples on his breasts were showing.
Jaimie explained that before he came out, he made himself look feminine because he felt pressured to make the people around him happy.
Making himself vulnerable: Jaimie has also documented his top surgery to remove his breasts by posting before and after photos of his chest.
Doing it alone: Despite his progress, Jaimie said his family has disowned him because he is transgender
Journey: 'Coming out as transgender was the best and worst day of my life thus far,' he said, explaining that although he misses his family, he is happy that he is finally able to be himself
In a recent Facebook post, Jaimie revealed that his entire family disowned him when he came out.
'Coming out as transgender was the best and worst day of my life thus far,' he wrote. I miss having my family in my life...I miss my parents being proud of me...but you know what I don't miss?
'I don't miss the nights I laid alone battling with my feelings...I don't miss waiting for everyone to leave the house so I could put on masculine clothes and tuck my long hair under a hat...I don't miss hiding.
'When you look at me I'm not the strongest, the tallest, or the most handsome man...but you know what I AM? I'm finally ME and god does it feel so good.'
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