Transgender man Jaimie Wilson shared before-and-after photos
The guitar-wielding transgender activist, Jaimie Wilson, has shared the journey of his transformation on social media.
The New York Times reported that the 22-year-old, a budding musician, even started a cloth-swapping program for other transgenders.
Originally from Howell, Michigan, Wilson now lives in a two-bedroom apartment in the East Village of Manhattan.
The model appeared on the cover of Candy Magazine and also been part of a campaign by men’s fashion brand, 2(X)IST.
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I'm very thankful for the support you all have shown me with my music. I don't always talk about it, but music has been a journey of its own for me. I started writing and performing from the time I was little. Before my transition I had big opportunities happening for me with my music. I had a decision to make...Be myself and lose all my music opportunities, or keep living the life my family wanted of me and get to further my music career. I ultimately chose to be myself. Which did have its consequences. I lost my voice for months because of hormone replacement, I could not sing at all for what felt like forever. I felt like I was being punished for being myself. One day I picked up guitar and started to write again. That's when I realized music never failed me. Music never ran away when times got shitty or gave up on me, so why should I give up on it? I began to practice and finally found my voice. I never thought I would get another shot with my music, but so many amazing things are happening and I couldn't be more grateful. So I want this to be my way of sending out a message that if you're ever faced with the decision to be YOU or be someone that other people want you to be...always chose to be yourself. You may not realize it now, but the struggle is worth it and you will end up in places you never imagined. You all make my dreams come true and make this all possible so THANK YOU 🙌🏻 #trans #transmen #transman #transgender #transisbeautiful #blueeyes #headshot #ftm #femaletomale #lgbt #lovewins #loveislove #nohate #dream #instadaily #progress #transformationtuesday #queer #instagood #bodypositive #gay #selfmademan #instaselfie #instahub #instagay #selflove #goals #loveyourself #pride
He posted before-and-after photos of his transition on the social networking site. The pictures quickly became viral and garnered over 13 million views.
Wilson believes in the power of music and says that it can bring people closer in a community
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Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about unbecoming everything that isn't really you, so you can be who you were always meant to be in the first place. #trans #transmen #transman #transgender #transisbeautiful #blueeyes #headshot #ftm #femaletomale #lgbt #lovewins #loveislove #nohate #transformationtuesday #instadaily #progress #lgbtq #queer #instagood #bodypositive #gay #selfmademan #instaselfie #instahub #instagay #selflove #goals #loveyourself #pride #beforeandafter
Speaking about his own musical journey, he said that people began taking notice of his talent after his transition. He found it strange as he had to practice hard to regain his “singing voice” as his vocal cords had changed in the process.
In 2015, Wilson began a program for transitioning men and women called T Is for Trans, a cloth-swapping initiative. However, he had to shut shop when he moved to New York.
He revealed that he is still involved with the program and gives away chest binders, compression garments that reduce the appearance of female breasts. He uses his Instagram account to help those short of funds during their transition.
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DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. I am posting this picture to show that not everyone has to show "signs" to be transgender. You don't have to pass a test to prove you're trans...and you sure as hell don't need ANYONES approval but your own. This life is about finding yourself and becoming YOU. No one's journey is the same...so stop comparing yourself to others. When I came out people refused to believe I was a man because of how "Feminine" I presented for 18 years. So why am I posting this comparison? Because I want people to see it doesn't matter what some LOOKS like...if someone has the guts to tell you "I'm transgender" "I'm gay" "I'm bisexual" anything like that PLEASE BELIEVE them and be there for them because stereotypes need to be broken. #ftm #transman #transgender #transguy #transisbeautiful #trans #femaletomale #lgbtpride #polysexual #saga #genderfluid #queer #bisexual #noh8 #lgbt #gay #lesbian #loveislove #transformation #pride #blueeyes #beforeandafter #transpride #selflove #bodypositivity #loveyourself #vitamint #progress
Wilson believes that clothing should be the last on the mind when one is spending most of their resources on hormones and surgeries.
Earlier this year, the artist also released his first EP, Life Is a Journey, that was funded on Kickstarter. With appearances in Sziget Festival in Budapest last year, alongside Pink and the Chainsmokers, he is raring to go.
He is currently working on his first official music video, while he continues to hit the road.
Wilson revealed that though there had been an outpouring of support about his new identity, there were also many detractors. He had to deal with people telling him he cannot be transgender because he ‘was such a pretty girl’ or because he did not show the signs.
He now believes that despite what one looks like or how people view the person, each one can do whatever they want.