Earlier this year, actor Elliot Page proudly shared his journey of coming out as trans and said that undergoing top surgery was not only physically transformative, but mentally so too. "It has completely transformed my life... [It's] not only life-changing but lifesaving," he explained. Of course, not everyone who is transgender has (or wants) surgery but for Elliot, undergoing top surgery was the right choice.
Now, Elliot has shared a joyful photo of himself standing at the edge of a swimming pool donning some red swimming trunks (his first pair) on social media. The accompanying caption reads: "Trans bb’s first swim trunks #transjoy #transisbeautiful."
The picture has since garnered over 2 million likes and a tonne of encouraging comments from Elliot's 5.2 million followers, as well as from well known faces such as Ilana Glazer ("look a dat handsome boi"), Julianne Moore ("Happy summer @elliotpage 🔥") and Nina Dobrev ("And most of all happy ♥️").
Since detailing his transition publicly, Elliot has been praised for being a positive role model and advocate for the trans community, sharing honestly in an interview with TIME that it wasn't always the easiest road to travel.
Elliot explained that his emotions have been a mixed bag since coming out, "[There's] this feeling of true excitement and deep gratitude to have made it to this point in my life... mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety." He continued on to add that the response from the public and on social media has been as he expected – an equally mixed bag.
"What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia," said Elliot, who has previously been nominated for Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA awards. "[And] that’s essentially what happened."
However, Elliot then shared that the "shame and discomfort" he once felt has been well and truly overridden by "finally [being] able to embrace being transgender... and letting myself fully become who I am."
During the interview, Elliot also confessed that playing feminine roles in movies, such as Juno, was a struggle, as was getting dressed for red carpets and sitting through hair and make-up. "For a long time I could not even look at a photo of myself," he said – which is why it's all the more beautiful that he's now able to happily share pictures like this on social media.
Looking good, Elliot!
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