A former male model, who once graced the pages of Vogue, is now taking on the fashion industry as a woman.
21-year-old Eden Estrada, from Los Angeles spends her days wowing social media with her head-turning doll-like style, but sadly she hasn’t always been so confident in her own skin.
Growing up, Eden always knew that she hadn’t been born into the right body. So, aged 20, she finally began her transition from male to female, completing it with top and bottom surgery a year later.
She explains, ‘my modelling career started before I transitioned – I was in Vogue when I was 16. It was really strange for me modelling before I transitioned because my body wasn’t fully there. Now that I’m doing it, I feel amazing.’
‘To medically transition was basically the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done in my life because, to see your body, your mind and your soul finally change and be the person you wanted to be there’s no way to describe that.’
Eden grew up in a conservative home and was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. Although her family wasn’t initially supportive of her decision to transition, they have grown to accept it over time.
Her mum, Lilly Barraza, admits, ‘for me at the beginning, it was a shock. I felt very strange but at the same time, now I’m pleased because I see that she is happy. And if she is happy then I’m happy too.’
Now, stunning Eden plans to keep sharing her experiences on her YouTube channel and supporting other members of the trans community.
She says, ‘My YouTube channel has really changed my life, honestly, for the best.’
‘At the end of the day I am a woman no matter what you want to call me.’
‘I’m not just transgender, I’m a normal 21-year-old woman that has to deal with a lot of other stuff. There’s a lot more to me than being trans.’
‘I think about where my life was a year ago and I truly am so, so grateful. I just really want to be a good role model to people. The entire reason for my YouTube channel was to hopefully save someone’s life. If I can do it, you can do it too.’