From Ian to it girl: meet the super sexy London it girl who was once a boy named Ian
Meet Munroe Bergdorf, the super sexy brunette who was actually born a BOY.
With her flowing locks and flawless complexion, it’s hard to believe that this 27-year-old from East London was once a boy named Ian.
But transgender Munroe has made a name for herself on London’s party scene and now spins the decks in some of the country’s most high end clubs.
The beautiful DJ has even worked with and modelled for a variety of fashion and beauty brands including Illamasqua and BOY LONDON – made famous by none other than global megastar Rihanna.
Munroe said: “I had always known growing up that I was supposed to be a woman, but I’d always tried to hide it for fear of being different.
“I went to a very conservative all boys school that specialised in rugby – and I got picked on for being quite effeminate.
“But I remember being about 17 and wondering how different my life would be if I didn’t care what people think.
“It was then that it suddenly hit me – it was time to start being true to myself.
“So I came out as gay to begin with and then I started dressing up as a woman and doing drag.
“Soon I started the slow process to transition into a woman, it was the best decision I’ve ever made.
“I’m now a DJ full time and I do some work within the fashion industry too.
“I’ve worked for Calvin Klein, designed a lip gloss for Illamasqua, a makeup brand that I love, and I’ve even designed capsule lines for BOY LONDON – Rihanna has worn one of my pieces.
“I also do a bit of modelling from time to time.
“Some people notice that I was once a boy, some people don’t – but I’m happy to talk about it if they ask.”
Munroe began her transition at the age of 19, and at 25 years old was offered hormones by her doctor.
Munroe said: “I first started taking hormones that had been prescribed to my other trans friends.
“It is not something that I would recommend at all, but the process can take such a long time, and once you’ve made the decision to become the person you really are, you just want to get on with it.
“It was really exciting to start taking the hormones and see my body change – and soon as I was given them by my doctor.
“It’s like going through puberty again so I got quite self conscious about the way I looked and dressed, and I felt as though I started to think differently.
“I didn’t really like explaining what was going on to people as I was doing this for myself, but friends and family were curious.
“My mum found out what was going on when she noticed my chest growing – it was a shock at first but she’s very supportive.
“As soon as I noticed the change in myself it was like I wasn’t ashamed anymore.
Munroe has now been taking hormones for four years, and has embraced her new life.
She said: “When I left university I got involved in fashion and the PR industry.
“I’ve had the opportunity of working with some incredible brands, designers and photographers, and I just love it.
“I’ve done everything from club promotion, modelling, PR, and now I’m a full time DJ.
“I DJ at major club nights and private members clubs in some of the most exclusive venues in London – I feel so lucky for everything that’s come my way, I would never take it for granted.
“I’m still the same person I was before, I’m just in the right body now.
“I look in the mirror and I feel like it’s me who’s looking back, rather than somebody I don’t recognise”.
Munroe now hopes her story will encourage other young transgender men and women to feel comfortable in their own skin.
Munroe said: “I think it’s important that the world understands and respects transgender people and the rights that they deserve to have within society.
“I’m so much happier now than I was growing up.
“I want people to know that it’s ok to be different, and that you shouldn’t be scared of being the person you are.
“I talk quite openly now about what’s I’ve been through and frequently speak publicly about trans rights and community issues.
“I think it’s important that the world understands and respects transgender people, the struggles that they face and the rights that they deserve.”