Mannequin Nathan Westling, previously referred to as Natalie, has come out as transgender.

The flame-haired Style Week fixture, who’s hit the runway for designers together with Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton and fronted campaigns for the likes of Chanel and Miu Miu, revealed to CNN Type that he started taking testosterone roughly six months in the past, and plans to get high surgical procedure and return to trend sooner or later.

“It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows to start with. My first two months of the transition had been robust, and it wasn’t till I began to see bodily modifications that aligned with … my psychological state that I lastly awoke and (began) residing,” Westling, 22, informed the outlet. “I’m blissful. I can’t even think about going again to how I used to be earlier than as a result of it’s simply darkness.”

Nathan Westling on the Louis Vuitton runway in October 2018.
Nathan Westling on the Louis Vuitton runway in October 2018.Gamma-Rapho through Getty Photographs

Previous to starting his transition, the mannequin mentioned he battled despair, nervousness and anger points, and mentioned that rising up in conservative Scottsdale, Arizona, made it tough to debate his gender dysphoria with others.

“I (have) this vivid reminiscence of me being on the playground in preschool, speaking to the ladies and feeling utterly misplaced and never becoming into what they had been desirous about, speaking about, how their physique language was or something like that, after which having the identical dialog with one among my man buddies and it utterly clicking,” Westling recalled.

The mannequin, who joins Andreja Pejic, Lea T and Teddy Quinlivan as one of many few out trans fashions working within the business, added that the assist he’s already obtained from previous shoppers and magazines has been encouraging.

“It seems like I’ve been sporting like a masks my complete life,” he informed CNN. “As soon as I eliminated that masks, it was like I used to be lastly … I don’t know. I’m not sporting a pores and skin that I don’t really feel I’m anymore. I’m not taking part in a persona; I’m not attempting to be one thing I’m not anymore. I don’t really feel like I’m caught on this bizarre second of getting to be in-between.”

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