UPDATE: Aydian Dowling is a finalist!
Meet Aydian Dowling, he’s a model who is one of a few transgender men competing to appear on the cover of Men’s Health magazine in their “Ultimate Guy Search” contest. If Dowling or his trans competitors win, it will be the first time a trans man has ever appeared on the cover of Men’s Health (and possibly any national men’s fitness magazine).
Dowling is a transgender activist with a YouTube channel documenting his transition, an Instagram with lots of sizzling hot photos, and is also the founder and CEO of Point 5cc “Stealth Transgender” clothing — a company he started to help finance his top surgery. As such, he might make a great spokesperson for a subset of trans empowerment.
Plus, his appearance would get a bunch of Men’s Fitness readers to think about trans issues, gender fluidity, what “being a man” means, and could possibly change a lot of minds. Even if you object to muscle worship, objectification, and the commercialization of people’s bodies, there’s still a lot of social good that could come from it.
And what’s even cooler is that Dowling is currently leading the competition with 23,467 votes (15,140 more than the second place competitor right now). Also in the competition is transgender porn star, activist, and public speaker Buck Angel.
You can vote every day in the competition through social media. However, the contest runs until June 26 at which point there will be a quarterfinal round of more community voting for about a week, followed by a semifinal and then final round where Men’s Fitness judges will pick the final contestants and eventual winner.
If Dowling gets a lot of community support and then gets weeded out in the home stretch, Men’s Fitness could find itself in hot water. But if they give Dowling an actual shot, they could make a revolutionary step forward in both the fitness and trans media fields.
Plus, did we mention that Dowling is hot as fugg? Here’s a pic of him re-creating musician Adam Levine’s famous nude shot from Cosmopolitan UK. Levine’s original pic was taken to raise awareness for testicular cancer, whereas Dowling’s shot was taken to raise awareness about different men’s bodies. Consider our awareness raised. Very raised.