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Trans Model Recreates Iconic Adam Levine Nude Shot

FTM recreated Levine’s Cosmo UK shot with trans model Ayduan Dowling

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: February 20th, 2015 in Culture » Society » News

Four years ago, Maroon 5 front man, Adam Levine, posed completely naked for Cosmopolitan UK to raise awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. His private parts were covered by then-girlfriend’s Anne Vyalitsyna’s hands.

Now, FTM publisher Jason Robert Ballard and trans model Aydian Dowling have teamed up to recreate the now-iconic image.


“Some areas of my body used to remind me of everything I’m not…Now they represent everything I am,” Dowling shares, explaining the motivation behind participating in the photo shoot.

The photo was revealed online and has already received an overwhelming response.

“[W]e've received almost unanimous support for it and our attempts at creating visibility for the trans masculine spectrum," Ballard told The Huffington Post in an email.

“We by no means mean to say that this is what all transgender males look like, but this is what one of us looks like and it's no different from our cisgender counterparts."

"We've had comments saying 'he doesn't look trans' which brings up a great point on what does trans even look like?" he added. "Perhaps we're struggling so hard for our rights here because people have a false sense of who we are. So besides the entertainment factor of a sexy naked man, there is a element of positive visibility too."

Dowling will appear on the April cover of FTM, a trans-centric magazine.

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