Transgender goes from macho marine to blonde beauty
A former US marine has shared her incredible transformation from a burly bloke to blonde beauty.
Sona Avedian, 33, who was assigned male at birth and named Matthew, lived as a hairy muscle-man until her brave transition in 2012.
From the age of four Sona knew she was a girl, but growing up in a conservative family it was a secret she expected to take to her grave.
As a US marine she overcompensated to ‘fit in’ and bulked up to a hefty 238lbs (17 stone).
She served six combat tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before her transition.
With a beautiful wife, a young daughter and a respected job, she was living the American dream – except it was all a facade.
In November 2012 Sona came out as transgender and began taking hormone therapy.
After undergoing complex surgery and shedding a remarkable 98lbs (seven stone) she started her new life as a pretty blonde.
She stopped eating junk food, started cycling again and discovered yoga.
Sona, who lives in Austin, Texas, USA, said: “Since I came out I have tried to live a normal life – it’s like anyone, there are good and bad times.
“There are certain things I miss, I lost a lot of friends but I’ve also made a lot of new friends.
“I was following the American dream – I don’t even know who I’m looking at the before pictures, it was so depressing.
“Personally I’m much happier, I don’t have any conflicts with who I am.
“I am definitely a tom boy and that’s okay.
“Before I couldn’t stand myself and I couldn’t interact with people.”
Sona and her ex-wife Lucy were divorced in 2013 and although they still speak it was a difficult time for both.
However, Sona’s relationship with their adorable five-year-old daughter couldn’t be stronger.
She added: “I had already anticipated divorce but I had never lived alone.
“Living in a tent in I got to explore that. But I’m not dating at the moment, it seems to slow me down. If I meet some, I meet someone.
“My daughter and I are awesome, she adores being around me.
“She only remembers me as a women and I love how we interact, we are so much alike.
“Even though she’s five, she has really intelligent conversations, especially if you push her to talk. I can talk to her like an adult.
“Most of our dialogue is cute little banter and I love it.”
Sona, who is currently single, drives for Lyft and Uber and spends her spare time backpacking.
She is also a passionate advocate for the LBGT community and chronicles her inspiring journey on her blog.