12 Women You Won't Believe Were Born Men!
Girls who were born male! These beautiful women who look and feel like women you didn’t know they are transgender
1. Caroline Cossey
She was born Barry Kenneth Cossey and was raised as male until she was 17 years old. She received hormone therapy and lived full-time in a female gender role. At the time, Cossey concealed her past identity as a male, in one incident a tabloid journalist planned to write about her being transsexual after she won a part on a British game show. She voluntarily left her contract to avoid being outed. She was also cast as an extra in the 1981 James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. Her secret came out after News of the World had revealed she was born male. She became so upset that she thought of suicide but continued to move forward with her career. she has fought for her rights to be recognized by law as female.
2. Florencia Trinidad
Better known as Flor de la V, she was born Roberto Carlos Trinidad. She is an Argentine actress, comedian and television personality. Her role in the Spanish telenovela Los Roldan brought her international fame. In regards to her role on television, she expressed that she was a bit uncomfortable playing a transvestite but later accepted that her character shares some real life traits which eased her into performing the role. She became the first transgendered in Argentina to get her name and her gender on her government ID legally changed, two years before the national Gender Identity Law was put into effect.
3. Lea T
Famously known as the face of Givenchy and American hair care label Redken, she has become a pop culture icon for her transgender advocacy in the LGBT community. She is the daughter of Toninho Cerezo, a former Brazilian football player. She underwent $ex reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2012. She was first discovered by Riccardo Tisci and has been featured in several editorials like Interview magazine, Love magazine, and Vogue Paris. In February 2015, Forbes magazine listed her as one of twelve women who revolutionized Italian fashion. She is also the first openly transgender model to pose for a global cosmetics brand as well as the first open transgender person to participate in the Olympics opening ceremony, in which she led the Brazilian team into the stadium during the 2016 Rio Olympics.
4. Nong Poy
Born Treechada Petcharat, she pretended to live as a male growing up in front of parents while trying to conceal her femininity inside. By the age of 17, she chose to undergo $ex reassignment surgery citing the event as being reborn. Two years later at the age of nineteen, she won the Miss International 2004 and Miss Tiffany’s 2004. She went on to star in a few Thai and Chinese commercials and movies with her most notable role in the 2013 Hong Kong film The White Storm. The following year she won “Thailand’s Person of the Year Award,” for her acting and social media presence.
5. Kim Petras
She was born Tim Petras, and her parents have explained from the age of two years old, she began insisting she was a girl not a boy. It became evident this was not just a phase that would be outgrown, and her parents tried to be supportive of their child but made her wear gender neutral clothes while out in public. Eventually, her parents sought professional help but struggled to find people who were knowledgeable on the subject. In time, they found Bernd Meyenburg at who was head of a clinic for children at Frankfurt University and had studied the issue of transsexuality since the 1970s. The German pop star rose to fame after she recorded a few home videos of herself singing and was signed onto Joyce Records.
6. Kelly van der Veer
Born Ferry van der Veer, she is a Dutch singer and television star and is regarded as a prominent transsexual in the Netherlands after reaching fame for competing in Big Brother. She stated that her teenage years were the most difficult phases of her life and underwent $ex reassignment surgery at the age of 19. She became a contestant on the show Big Brother in 2001 and finished as a finalist. She guest starred on some television shows that year and established her comedy show as well. After her appearance on the show, she released three singles and two albums.
7. Isis King
Famously known for being the first trans woman to compete on America’s Next Top Model; cycles 11 and 17, King graduated from the Art School of Philadelphia, where she was on a full scholarship for design and illustration. She spent the following year living at the Ali Forney Center for homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City. She came out as gay while in high school but later felt like there was more missing, not understanding what transgender was at the time. She underwent $ex reassignment surgery in 2009. After King's run on America’s Next Top Model, she became one of the most outspoken vocal members of the transgender community. She has helped change public perception of trans men and women.
8. Janet Mock
She is an American writer and host, transgender activist and a former staff editor for People’s magazine. From a young age, Mock knew she was always different. One defining moment was in kindergarten; where she was assigned a blue cubby based on whether you were a boy or a girl and knew she wanted a pink box. She used her career in the journalism world to empower herself and others when she publicly came out as a trans woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article. In the article, she openly discussed her childhood, her fears and her journey on transitioning to become a woman.
9. Laverne Cox
Best known for her role of Sophia Burset on the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black; she became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Growing up, Cox revealed that she attempted to kill herself at 11 years old when she noticed she began to like males romantically and had been bullied for years not acting like a boy. Cox has been noted as a pioneer for the transgender community and is active in spreading awareness in others and fighting for gender equality.
10. Andreja Pejic
Australian Serbian model Andreja Pejic is famously known for being androgynousto model in both male and female clothing. Scouted at only 17 years old, she is notable for appearing on the catwalk in male and feminine brand names. Pejic is a trans woman, who until 2014 described herself as living between genders. Pejic underwent gender reassignment surgery in early 2014 and revealed issues about her transgendered identity with an interviewer from People’s magazine.
11. Claudia Charriez
She is widely known for competing in America’s Next Top Model but was unfortunately booted off for being a man. However, she went on to win America’s Next Top Transsexual Model on the Tyra Banks show a few months after. She began modeling at 16 years old and worked her way into the industry. The model made headlines in 2012 when she made claims that her firefighter boyfriend, Taylor Murphy assaulted her in the past summer of 2011. Murphy was found guilty of assaulting her, as well as violating an order of protection and criminal contempt.
12. Roberta Close
Born Luiz Roberto Gambine Moreira, she started taking female hormone injection in his youth, and by 17 years old, Close’s modeling career began to take off. She first won the “Miss Gay Brazil” at twenty years old and was dubbed as the world’s most beautiful model. She underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1989 and was voted the most beautiful woman in Brazil after appearing in a great photo shoot in the Brazilian men magazine Sexy. She became the first transgender model to have posed for the Brazilian issue of Playboy, as well as appearing on the catwalk for several fashion houses. Aside from Playboy she also has been featured in Vogue.