Written by David Raven for Mirror. Originally published on April 30th, 2015.
Meet the transgender man leading the chase to star on the cover of Men’s Health. Hundreds of testosterone-fuelled models with chiseled jaws and six pacs have applied to a competition to front the prestigious magazine. Leading the pack is Aydian Dowling, 27, with 56,000 votes, who is hoping to make history as the first transgender male cover star. Competition judges are searching for “a guy who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example.”
And married Aydian, who made headlines across the world by recreating the naked Adam Levine photo, believes he fits into all of the categories. He told Buzzfeed: “The goal was to get on the leader board to raise awareness. That was the initial goal: Make a statement, get a trans man on the cover. That was it!” Aydian, from Oregon, US, made a video on YouTube which quickly went viral, propelling him to the top of the leaderboard.