The German edition of Men’s Health is going to be making history with it’s global brand, by featuring it’s very first transgender fitness model on a mainstream issue.
This honour is going to 27-year-old Ben Melzer, who began his gender transition a few years ago at age 23. Ben hopes that by appearing on the cover of a magazine like Men’s Health, he will help to show the world that trans men are just like cisgender men.
When speaking to German newspaper Bild, Ben said: “This is me, and I’m very happy with the man that I’ve become. My inside and outside finally fit and that’s why I’m not at all ashamed to talk about it. Many people ask me: Why did you do this? Why did you go public and tell your story?”
“But that’s easy. When I was in that situation, I had no-one to talk to. Nobody to ask all these questions. And that’s what I want to do. I want to give the [transgender] community a face – stand up and answer those questions for people.”
He also went on to say that the stress of his FTM transition made it all the more difficult to exercise and achieve the body he wanted for a long time. But, after three years of transitioning he was finally able to start his exercise and diet regime, and achieve a body good enough to get on the cover of Men’s Health in Germany.
You may remember that the honour that Ben is achieving almost went to Aydian Dowling, who narrowly lost a competition to appear on the cover of the US edition of Men’s Health magazine. He did, however, appear on a limited edition run set to the magazine’s subscribers.
Ben discussed his hopes further on his blog, saying: “I’m trying to show that we’re all humans. We had no choice! We’re locked in a room and there’s only one door to get out of it.If there is just one person out there that I help, I will have succeeded.”