(Live News) The youngest ever transsexual has spoken out about her physical transformation.
German Kim Petras was born Tim, but says she knew she was a girl since she was toddler.
She had been undergoing hormone therapy since the age of 12, and had sex change operation last month.
Speaking to the UK’s Sun, Miss Petras, said she finally feels right.
“I was asked if I feel like a woman now – but the truth is I have always felt like a woman – I just ended up in the wrong body,” she said.
“I can enjoy swimming, and bikinis, go in the changing rooms without a problem, everything has changed because of this operation. I just can’t wait to put on my favourite bathing suit and go swimming like I’ve never done before.
“I had to wait until my 16th birthday but once that was past I was able legally to have the operation.”
Dr Bernd Meyenburg, who treats patients with identity disorders at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, says although he would usually be opposed to such an early op, this time the right decision was clear.
“Very few youth psychiatrists have any experience with transsexual developments. The families wander from one psychiatrist to the next.
“I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager – I realised that in some cases it is the right decision.
“Kim is such a case – she always knew what she wanted.”
Miss Petras is also on the verge of a booming pop career, after landing a record deal.
“My music is most important to me at the moment. It’s the way I can best express myself,” she said.
“I know that because of my past people will always bring up the subject, I can’t get away from it.
“But I hope that one day I might be better known for my music than for my past.”