Scouted in London at the age of 22, handsome redhead Shane Lapper launched a successful career as a male model*. And even though Lapper was employed as an aspirational standard of male beauty, he always felt something wasn’t right: “I think I was about seven when I realized I should have been born a girl. I have five sisters, and I’d watch them all dress up and put on make up and I’d be so jealous.”
As Lapper’s career took off, his suspicions that he was in “the wrong body” only intensified: “It just felt wrong.”
And so, Shane the male model became Chloe:
Chloe has now started hormone treatments and she’s gearing up for gender reassignment surgery. She started a Go Fund Me to “feel finished with my new body and whatnot,” but only has a handful of backers–hence, we imagine, speaking with the Mail. We hope the publicity helps her toward her goal.
Still, so far she’s happy with the new way of life:
“I go out a lot in London to some of the biggest clubs in Mayfair and I hardly ever have any negative comments. I’m not too loud or over the top – I’m just myself, so nobody bats an eye lid. I was out once and I even had two men fighting for my attention. It was such a confidence boost for me.”
She’s also relaunched her modeling career–with an eye on TV gigs in particular. While only time will tell if Chloe enjoys success as a female model, the last few years have witnessed a radical shift in the industry away from rigid ideas about gender identity, exemplified by the success of Andrej Pejic, Stav Strashko and Casey Legler, the first woman on the men’s board at Ford.
Regardless of her career, however, Chloe’s story is at least moving toward a happy ending: “I’m finally proud of the person that I’ve become, and I’m looking forward to a bright future as the real me.”
(via The Daily Mail, photo of Chloe via Go Fund Me)
*Although he doesn’t turn up much on Google and we can’t find him in any campaigns, there’s at least one photo in existence of him walking for Dolce & Gabbana.