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Laith Ashley a Male Model born as a Girl

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Laith Ashley, 26, has been finding success in the modeling world since he started transitioning two years ago, walking in shows for Adrian Alicea and Gypsy Sport during New York Fashion Week last February and even posing for a Barney’s New York campaign with legendary fashion photographer Bruce Weber.

Laith Ashley De La Cruz, born in Harlem but with dominican roots, has jumped into the runway after being discovered on Instagram, and became a star in the social media.

Being a model now is definitely exciting. I’m always shocked when I’m walking to the gym or going to the store and people recognize me. It makes me feel good, but it can be a bit of shock.”

Laith had a great time taking to the runway, thought it wasn’t exactly where he thought he’d end up.
New York Fashion Week was fun — it’s funny as I never intended to get into modelling,” he said. “It just happened… [but] everything happens for a reason and I’m really excited to see where it goes from here.

The muscular New Yorker was just five when he noticed the ‘misalignment’ with his body and gender identity, he said. When he was a 17-year-old girl, still not quite sure of who he was, he came out as gay to his parents.

At the time I didn’t know what transgender was, so I just told them I had a girlfriend,’ he explained. ‘But I never felt right with the idea of being a lesbian woman.”
Finally, a year before he medically transitioned, he broke the news to his mom.

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The model has found support mainly from his fatherMy father was ok. I told him if he felt proud of me, that takes power out to people who critizes me. Who cares other people think if he is proud?”

Still, he’s been thrown a bit off-balance by all of the attention. Since he began modeling, he’s earned almost 60,000 Instagram followers and support from celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg and transgender actress Laverne Cox.

Source: Dailymail

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