A Norwegian model and influencer has opened up about how people have accused her of ‘lying’ about being a transgender woman because of her feminine appearance, insisting that she doesn’t ‘look’ trans.
In her latest YouTube video, Emma Ellingsen, 19, from Tonsberg, Norway, shared that people will often comment on her appearance, telling her: ‘Ugh, I don’t think you’re transgender. You’re lying’ or ‘Wow, you [do] not look transgender.’
‘It just goes to show that people will have this image of what a trans person should look like,’ she said. ‘I just want people to know that being transgender isn’t a look. It’s not a face. Not every trans person looks the same, and that’s really important to know.’
Candid: Emma Ellingsen, 19, from Tonsberg, Norway, opened up about being transgender in her latest YouTube video, saying people often tell her she doesn’t ‘look’ trans
Accusations: Emma shared that people will often comment on her appearance, telling her: ‘Ugh, I don’t think you’re transgender. You’re lying’ or ‘Wow, you [do] not look transgender’
On each of Emma’s videos, viewers leave several comments voicing their surprise at learning she is transgender, with people writing things like: ‘I honestly dint even realize you were trans and even after you mentioned it, I still cant tell.’
Another person added: ‘She is trans???????? Holyyyyy she is drop dead gorggggg.’
‘Every time I watch your videos I’m trying so hard and try to see you as a born male but I just can’t, you literally look so feminine. So pretty,’ one viewer wrote. ‘I hope you consider a career in modelling.’
The blonde beauty explained that she has known she was trans her entire life, but she didn’t really understand what that meant until she watched a documentary about people who were transgender when she was about seven or eight years old.
‘I could relate to the people I saw on the screen,’ she recalled. ‘I felt really happy because then I understood what I felt.’
Lesson to learn: The teen, who realized she was tran when she was eight years old, said it’s important to know that ‘not every trans person looks the same’
Gender affirmation: The influencer has had top surgery to increase her breast size and plans on undergoing gender affirmation surgery, or bottom surgery, soon
Emma soon came out as transgender to her mother, but she didn’t change her name until years later, when she was about 11 years old.
‘It took some time, but it was time we needed,’ she recalled.
As a teen, she started to build a following as a social media star, but she saw her fame skyrocket in 2017 when she came out to her fans in a YouTube video titled ‘I am transgender.’
The model said that many people have asked her why she doesn’t have a ‘man voice,’ explaining that she started taking hormone blockers when she was 13 to stop herself from going through puberty.
Because of the blockers, her voice never got deeper nor did she develop any facial hair. She began taking female hormones three years later when she was 16 years old.
You do you: ‘I just want to say, you don’t need any surgeries to be you, and if you don’t want to have the bottom surgery, that is OK,’ the teen stressed
‘To be honest, I didn’t really feel anything after I started on them, but I definitely got a little bit of boobs,’ she said, later sharing that she also had breast augmentation to increase her bust size.
‘I’m really happy with them,’ she said of her breast implants, noting that plastic surgery is a personal choice and not something anyone should feel pressured to do.
‘At the end of the day, I don’t feel like anyone should care about that and I don’t think anyone should think they need anything,’ she added. ‘I didn’t do it to fit into anyone else’s body standards. No, I only did it for me, myself, and I.’
Emma noted that she doesn’t really talk about her top surgery, but she brought it up because she doesn’t want other transgender women to think her increased bust size was the result of hormone therapy alone.
‘My boobs are the only surgery I’ve had done, but I am waiting on “the” surgery if you guys know what I mean,’ she shared, saying she hopes to have gender affirmation surgery, or bottom surgery, soon.
While there are many techniques used to perform transfeminine bottom surgery, the goal is to reconstruct the male genitalia into that of a female.
Single for now: Emma explained that she’s not worried about finding love because she knows there are guys out there who will accept her for who she is when she starts dating
Support system: Emma said she is particularly lucky because she has a supportive family as well as ‘many amazing transgender friends’ who offer her advice
‘I just want to say, you don’t need any surgeries to be you, and if you don’t want to have the bottom surgery, that is OK,’ she stressed. ‘That does not make you less woman or man.’
Emma said she is particularly lucky because she has a supportive family as well as ‘many amazing transgender friends’ who offer her advice, so she never feels alone.
‘I don’t really date, and I’m not really interested in getting a boyfriend or anything,’ she added. ‘Yeah, it may be harder for me because I am transgender, but I feel like everyone has their thing that is a part of them that they can’t change, which may be hard for the other partner to understand.’
The teen explained that she’s not worried about finding love because she knows there are guys out there who will accept her for who she is when she starts dating.
Emma went on to share that she has been thinking about having children when she gets older and plans on adopting, saying: ‘Being able to adopt is also a gift.’