Eden Estrada, from Los Angeles, took the world by storm while working as a male model, but she always knew she wasn’t in the right body.
At just 18-years-old, Eden accepted her true self and began her transition from male to female, completing it with top and bottom surgery at the age of 21.
Eden said: “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.”
Now the beautiful model shares her experiences on her YouTube channel and Instagram – Eden The Doll.
While it is easy to assume that Eden’s transition was a scary experience, she welcomed every stage because each one brought her closer to becoming the real Eden.
She said: “The scariest part of my transition was – I have to be honest – nothing at this point. I mean I’m not afraid of anything.
“It was my body and my life. Once I turned 18 I basically made it my mission to accomplish every dream I ever had.
“So I was not afraid of anything. I wanted the pain, I wanted the surgeries, I wanted everything, I wanted the hate.
“I wanted it all to come because I know that was the price I had to pay to be the woman I am.”
The model completed her transition at age 21 with top and bottom surgery
Although Eden has modelled for Bellami hair products and walked for Marco Marco’s shows, her main focus is her position as a social media influencer and YouTuber.
Eden said: “I’m not just transgender, I’m a normal 21-year-old woman who has to deal with a lot of theory stuff. There’s a lot 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 for people, that’s the entire reason I made my YouTube channel was to hopefully change someone’s life, and if I can do it, you can do it too.”