Trans Man For Men's Health Cover Model?

by lizzfowler on April 20, 2015 - 7:59pm

Men's Health magazine is holding a contest for anyone who gets enough votes to have their picture on the cover. So far, Aydian Dowling is in the lead with nearly twice as many votes as the contest’s runner up. The magazine says that its judges are looking for anyone "who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example." Dowling says that those are the qualities that he tries his best to instill in himself, making him not only an eligible candidate, but possibly the winner.

The contest's voting is open to the public, and you can bet that I've placed my vote. Aydian Dowling winning this contest would put his face on every newsstand, really giving some visibility to the trans community. The magazine has an audience of more than 13 million readers, most of which are men.

Earlier in 2015, a photo of Dowling recreating a famous picture of Maroon 5's Adam Levine was published in FTM magazine and gone viral since,( with a YouTube video he posted explaining his experience with testosterone. (

Even with all of the support and feedback (albeit some is negative, but an overwhelming amount that I've seen has been positive) is has crossed Dowling's mind that even if he places in first for the contest, he may be disqualified because he is trans. So far Men's Health has shown no action to disqualify him, and has even published an article on their website detailing his journey in a very positive light.

If Aydian Dowling wins this contest, he will help to create a more wide-spread understanding of what it means to be a trans man, and through sharing his journey I believe that it can help us to become more progressive and accepting as a society.

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