(Picture: Kennedy News)A transgender woman is showing off topless photos to celebrate her boobs, which have grown thanks to the same drug given to menopausal women – and no plastic surgery at all.
Customer services assistant Imogen Loxley, 27, credits three years on hormone replacement therapy for her curves.
Imogen was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in 2016, a condition where a person’s gender identity doesn’t match their biological sex.
After a ‘degrading’ and scary experience living as a man, Imogen now thanks oestrogen patches for transforming her body, giving her D-cup breasts and larger hips.
She’s now using the third anniversary of her first treatment to show that it’s not just older women that HRT gives a new lease of life.
Imogen, from Sydney, Australia, said: ‘My life was exhausting as Lucas. Being him was a degrading chore.
‘Now I’m doing so well on HRT – everything has changed. I’m the biggest girly girl in my family.
(Picture: Kennedy News)‘I used to avoid cameras like they were the plague and I didn’t even allow my ex partners to shower with me or see me naked.
‘No outfit, makeup or compliments from my friends would ever be enough to make me feel comfortable and confident in my own skin.
‘Getting my photo taken would make me so anxious and angry because I knew that I would not be seeing the person that I was on the inside when they were posted.
‘Before the hormones, I was painfully insecure and self conscious to the point I would always be covered from head to toe – even in the middle of summer.
‘I despised my male body before transition. Now I’m happier than I’ve ever been in my life. Having curves is beautiful.
‘For the first time in my life I’m focusing fully on myself. It’s amazing how everything changes.’
Imogen was living in a prominent LGBTQ+ area of Sydney in her early twenties and did drag for a while. But as she was surrounded by other drag queens removing their dresses and makeup each night, Imogen realised it was more than makeup for her.
She said: ‘For about eight years before I finally came out and started transitioning I wasn’t in a good head-space.
(Picture: Kennedy News)‘I was confused. I knew I’d always had the mind and soul of a woman, but those years were very confusing for me.
‘When I was 21, I lived in the heart of the city on the gay strip and joined my partner at the time doing drag.
‘I always knew it meant something more to me than him and the other performers.
‘The only time I felt completely and authentically happy back then was when I was in drag.
‘It helped me to escape, release and gave me clarity over my gender identity.
‘At that point, I presented myself outwardly as male – but drag gave me the power to really start embracing myself.
‘Even though I presented as male, I still had a full face of makeup except lipstick.
‘I just wore enough to make me feel confident.’
Shortly after quitting drag, Imogen began considering medically transitioning into a woman.
Imogen said: ‘Back when I realised I was a woman, I didn’t even know being trans was possible. I wasn’t aware of anyone that was trans.
‘I initially came out to my friends then when they were okay with it, it gave me the confidence to come out to my family. My home has always been a safe space for me.
Imogen before her transition (Picture: Kennedy News)‘I’d been surrounded by queer people for a large majority of my life and a lot of my friends were gay. They were very open-minded and accepting.’
In time, and with the support of her loved ones, Imogen went to see a psychiatrist who diagnosed her as gender dysphoric – meaning her gender identity was the opposite to her biological sex.
A month later, in January 2016, Imogen started using oestrogen patches to help develop the characteristics of a female.
After struggling her whole life to feel comfortable in her body, she finally accepted her true identity and bought hair extensions and a manicure.
Imogen said: ‘The psychiatrist I saw seven years later said the majority of people that went to see him were in there for a couple of hours. I was in there for 15 minutes and he said ‘I don’t need to ask anymore questions’.
‘I was very honest about my feelings and mental and emotional state.
‘A lot of trans people are scared to say the wrong thing to the psychiatrist. I was just very truthful.
‘I went back to the endocrinologist and she prescribed to me oestrogen patches and testosterone blockers.
‘When I’d had the blood tests, they’d revealed my oestrogen levels were already naturally quite high. I was confident that I was doing exactly the right thing because of that.
‘I was finally living on cloud nine.
‘When I started the hormones in January 2016, I went and had my nails done, bought hair extensions – basically went wild. Everything was going so well.’
As Imogen’s body began to absorb the oestrogen, she noticed her skin becoming softer and her body hair becoming thinner – although she still needed to shave nearly every day.
Eventually she paid for full-body laser hair removal and has been saving for three years to afford gender reassignment and facial feminisation surgery.
Imogen said: ‘It took about three months to start seeing and feeling the physical and emotional changes.
‘It was overwhelming but felt very right.
‘I’d always been a woman inside, but I started to feel like a woman externally too.
‘My skin began to soften, my face and body hair became thinner.
‘In the first year I still had to shave my face and body almost every day which made me feel insecure and uncomfortable, but I eventually got laser hair removal.
‘I taught myself how to do makeup and my sisters always want me to teach them how to contour and do their eyebrows.
‘I’ve been working very hard now to save for gender reassignment surgery and I’m still saving after three years.
‘It is incredibly expensive in Australia, but I continue to work as hard as I can.
‘My breasts are from HRT and I’ve had facial Botox and a bit of filler to add to what the hormones have already changed.
‘I gained quite a bit of weight but the fat distributes to the hips, thighs and bum, creating a more feminine shape. It completely blows my mind.
‘My sisters say my boobs are bigger than theirs now.
‘My family have been incredibly supportive and open-minded like I said and constantly compliment and reassure me.
‘Sometimes I might be in a bit of a mood and then they will go out of their way to compliment my physical changes.’
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