Trans model leads in Men’s Health cover shoot competition as votes close

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On the last day before public voting closes in the Men’s Health Ultimate Guy competition, trans model Aydian Dowling is still in the number one spot.

Voting closes on 26 June, and Dowling, a bodybuilder and model, was in the lead with 65,391 votes. The entrant in second had 14,783 votes.

Judges will choose semifinalists by 7 July from those who have entered, and the winner will be announced later this year.

Dowling recently recreated a famed (almost) naked photo of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine on the cover of FTM magazine.

The winner of the search, described as MH as “fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example”,  wins a cover spread on the magazine.

In a Q&A accompanying Dowling’s photos, he says: “The battle that can come with the mirror can be completely dark and engulfing. As a Transgender Male, having a healthy body and mind is my ultimate goal to find peace within my soul. Although I may always have some kind of battle with my body, I continue to work everyday for a happy peace within.”

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On his Twitter page, Dowling, from Ohio describes himself as: “An entrepreneur, owner and creator of Point 5cc Clothing, a vlogger, a motivational speaker, an artist, and an advocate for Transgender rights.”

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