Michalina Manios, 22-year old contestant at Poland’s Top Model show from Lodz in Poland, was born with both male and female genitalia and was officially a man until four years ago when she underwent transgender surgery at the age of 18.
“I was born a hermaphrodite and when the doctors first saw me they assumed I was a boy as I had male genitalia,” Michalina told the show’s judges before they voted her through to the next round.
“But I grew up feeling more feminine than male and so four years ago I had an operation to remove the male bits and changed my name,” she added.
“When it finally happened I was so happy. I can now pursue my dream of becoming a model,” she said.
She is fluent in six languages including English, French, Swedish and Russian.
This is not the first case of its kind.
Supermodel Anja Rubik has also appeared on the show as as a celebrity guest mentor.
Miss Manios is not the first transgender model to make waves on the fashion scene in recent years. Brazilian supermodel Lea T, who has posed alongside Kate Moss and is muse to Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, was born male.
And androgynous male model Andrej Pejic, the current darling of the fashion world, models more womenswear than he does menswear thanks to his delicate features, slender build and long blonde hair.
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