Sunday, 10 April 2016

Model Born With Penis And Vagina, Raised As A Boy For 22 Years. Now Wants Surgery To Make Her A Normal Woman

An Australian model who was born with a penis and vagina has kickstarted a modelling career despite being bullied mercilessly at school

An Australian model- Sophia Young who was born with a penis and vagina started a modelling career despite being bullied mercilessly at school. Sophia Young was only eight-years-old when she started feeling pain in her pelvic area, and doctors soon discovered her ovaries were positioned abnormally, with one being much higher than the other.

As Sophia grew older, both reproductive organs developed, but her penis became so large that her parents stopped raising her as a girl, and changed her name to Harrison. 'I have a vagina, uterus and ovaries, but my clitoris is so oversized it looked like a penis. You can't tell what it is, but it has no function and I can't have kids,' she told Daily Mail Australia.

'I want to get rid of all the male parts so I can have a sense of normality.'  The 22-year-old  hopes to earn enough money as a model to fund her genital correction surgery and is in the process of changing her legal name from Harrison to Sophia.


Ms Young, who was initially raised as a girl  was constantly bullied, suspended 11 times and kicked out of various schools, before dropping out in Year 11. According to her reports on Daily Australia, She said: 'I got suspended a lot at school and bullied lots, it was really bad.' 'I was a slow developer, I didn't get on well, I got bullied and teased so much that I used to isolate myself so much from kids in the playground that I became a loner and the other kids viewed me as strange,'

'I punched a kid in the face, broke school property, twisted school laptops because I was bottling up my pain, I was always really angry.'  Ms Young attended various preparatory and public schools in NSW before eventually dropping out after falling behind on assessments, despite wanting to finish the HSC.

'My mum originally wanted me to go to special education school but I refused because all the kids copped a lot of flack, and I didn't want to be treated just like the way they were. I want to get the same privileges as everyone else.' She told Daily Mail Australia that the relentless bullying she endured resulted in six suicide attempts. 

In 2014, Ms Young moved to Sydney and was only 21 when she was thrown into the modelling world

'I tried to shoot myself but the gun didn't work and tried to overdose on Ritalin,' she said. Despite being signed to various modelling agencies, She says it has been difficult finding gigs.'Every company or client is looking for either a male or female, but if you're both they don't want it,' she said.

Ms Young said the only reason she started modelling in the first place was to fund her genital correction surgery, which costs up to $60,000 in Australia.The lack of modelling jobs available prompted her to start a Go Fund Me page to raise money for the corrective procedure, where she received almost $500 in donations.


On Saturday night, however, Ms Young removed the page and refunded everyone. 'I didn't want to feel like I was sponging off other people. I took it down because I feel guilty for taking money from people that work hard for it, I want to try get the money through modelling. But Ms Young said she doesn't want to be a model forever, and eventually wants find a 'real' job. 

Source: Daily Mail