Who are you?
I’m Kenny, I’m 24 and I’m a transgender model. I’ve been a trader for five years, I trade currencies - the modelling I kind of fell into.
What’s your USP?
My charisma towards my transition. When asked about my party trick, I’ll lift up my top to show my scars and say ‘I’m trans’. I’m proud of those scars, they’re like trophies. It’s hard to hold enthusiasm the whole way through, but I’ve always come out with humour; that’s what makes me.
Can you tell us a little more about that journey?
When I was two, my mum used to mind these kids after school, all boys. I remember I could see them in the bathroom peeing, standing up! One day I just thought, I’m going to try that, so I stood on the side of the toilet bowl and fell in! There were other things too. I went to a wedding when I was five, my mum put me in a dress, I didn’t want to wear it, so I jumped in the bath to get it wet, I got wear a tracksuit instead - it was purple velvet. Those are the funny stories. But, I had a hard time at school and didn’t feel like I fit in, it became apparent that there was something really wrong, I just didn’t understand why. Back then transgender wasn’t a word - you had gender dysphoria. So, when I left the all-girl school I was attending and got diagnosed at 14 it was a relief moment for me. I started hormone blockers when I was 16, testosterone when I was 18 and had a double mastectomy at 20.
So it’s been quite a journey…
Yes, but I’m so glad I did it while I was young and now I can just live my life the way I want it to be. Also, my mum died not that long ago and I’m so happy that she got to see my true self. She was my best friend through it all, went to every doctor's appointment, every meeting and she was there for every cry I had.