NEW YORK MALE MODEL DESCRIBES HIS JOY AFTER TRANSITIONING


Laith Ashley

By Kevin Hardy

Just two years after he started taking testosterone, trans male model Laith Ashley has found happiness and success on the runway.

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The 26-year-old has modelled in New York Fashion Week, appeared in a campaign for New York department store Barney’s and has an Instagram following of almost 60,000 people.

“When I look in the mirror, I am satisfied with my image. It is how I want to present myself to the world. This is me,” he told the Daily Mail.

Ever since he was five years old, Laith knew he had what he called a “misalignment” between his body and mind.

He told the Daily Mail he came out as a gay female to his parents at 17, but he was still unsure who he was. He didn’t transition until years later.

Laith, who underwent surgery in 2015, said: “Initially, there was a lot of fear and confusion. It actually took me six years from the moment I came out as Trans to finally begin my medical transition.

“Once I got over that fear, there was no stopping me. Now I am the most comfortable I have ever been.”

Laith said he’s very passionate about being an activist for the LGBTI community.

“I know many people look up to me, because I may fit the image they wish to achieve,” he said.

“This is something I find incredibly humbling, but I also want them to know that their life journey is their own. People should be true to themselves. They don’t have to fit into a box.”