Watch: Trans Men’s Cover model hopeful meets Ellen
Trans bodybuilder and model Aydian Ethan Dowling met Ellen DeGeneres in an interview on her show.
Downling is currently leading in a competition to win the chance to appear in a cover spread for Men’s Health magazine.
The model, who recently recreated a famed (almost) naked photo of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on the cover of FTM magazine, is currently in the lead on Men’s Health’s Ultimate Guy Search.
Ellen applauded Dowling, saying: “Everybody wants to live their authentic self and they’re scared to do it because not too many people, when you’re going against what mainstream society says, gets that support so when you actually have the courage to do it regardless of whether you’re going to get that support or not that’s the first most amazing step you can take in your life.”
The winner of the search, descibed as MH as “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example”, wins a cover spread on the magazine.
In a Q&A accompanying Dowling’s photos, he says: “The battle that can come with the mirror can be completely dark and engulfing. As a Transgender Male, having a healthy body and mind is my ultimate goal to find peace within my soul. Although I may always have some kind of battle with my body, I continue to work everyday for a happy peace within.”
On his Twitter page, Dowling, from Ohio describes himself as: “An entrepreneur, owner and creator of Point 5cc Clothing, a vlogger, a motivational speaker, an artist, and an advocate for Transgender rights.”