To look at Ben Melzer, most would see an attractive man with chiseled body. But there’s so much more than meets the eye at first glance because Ben was born with a female body — a body that was a stark contrast to Ben’s male gender identity.
But now, decades later, Ben calls himself a “self-made man” as his gender identity and physical appearance are finally in sync.
And soon, Ben Melzer will earn the designation of the first-ever transgender man to grace the cover of the German edition of Men’s Health magazine.
Transgender fitness model Ben Melzer will be appearing on the April edition’s cover in Germany after winning the publication’s cover model contest.
This will make him the first transgender man to be featured on the cover of a European men’s fitness magazine.
When asked about how he feels about this significant achievement, Melzer says he hopes his cover model status will spread awareness about gender identity and spur discussion, explaining, “When I was in that situation, I had nobody to talk to, nobody to ask all these questions…I want to give the community a face, stand up and answer those questions for people.”
He added, “My inside and outside finally fit and that’s why I’m not at all ashamed to talk about [the fact that I’m transgender.]”
Melzer was 23-years-old when he went through his first surgical procedure to alter his physical body to conform with his male gender identity.
Like a majority of transgender individuals, Melzer says he had a male gender identity from a very young age, despising dresses and preferring the color blue.
Men’s Health has been a trailblazer in the transgender community, featuring a transgender man, Aydian Dowling, on the cover of its 2015 special summer edition in the United States. Dowling was a favorite in the magazine’s “Ultimate Cover Guy Contest,” pulling in over 70,000 votes.
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