2015年4月8日 星期三

Liu Shi Han 劉思涵 (1989 - ) model


Liu was raised in Changsha 長沙; Hunan.

After graduating from Hunan Mass Media Vocational Technical College, Liu performed as a professional pole dancer and with a boa constrictor for three years, saving madly for surgery.

Afterwards Shi Han moved to Beijing and obtained modelling gigs for magazine, websites and online games. In late 2010 Shi Han confirmed, on her blog, that she had had transgender surgery.
我确实做过变性手术。我只想隐姓埋名做一个普通人。可匿名者就是不肯放过我。要公开我的隐私曝光我不能生BB的事实在媒体大众面前。现在,我承认了。不用逼我,我会自己慢慢说出真相。与其让别人一而再中伤我,不如自己坦诚面对一切。("I did have transsexual surgery. I just wanted to hide my identity and be an ordinary individual. But an anonymous person just wouldn't let me go, making my privacy public and exposing to the media and public the fact that I can't give birth to babies. Now, I admit it. No need to push me. I will slowly reveal the truth. I'd rather honestly face all this than allowing others to slander me.)"
A few television channels picked up on the story and Shi Han was interviewed and small documentaries made about her. While before her confirmatory posting she had been bothered by text messages from rich men and directors, asking her to be the man's mistress, such messages quickly stopped.

Liu Shi Han is recognised and respected as China's first transsexual model.

Liu Shihan: China's Transsexual Celebrity Model

Ever since she could remember, Liu Shihan believed that she was a girl trapped in a boy's body.
Liu was born in Changsha, capital city of South China's Hunan Province, in 1989. Born as a boy, she was given a typical boy's name, Liu Shuai.
As her mother wanted to have a daughter, she was raised as a girl at an early age.Her mother sometimes put lipstick on her and pretended she was a girl.
According to Liu, she believed she was a girl from the age of 3. When she was still a little child, she suffered from this belief and the subsequent conflicts with reality. Believing that she could begin again if she died, she copied a suicide scene in a TV series and slit her wrists. Fortunately, the attempt was unsuccessful.
In order to prevent Liu from attempting suicide again, her mother told her, "When you are 16, you will magically turn into a princess."
Her mother's lie gave her hope. Liu waited patientlyuntil her 16th birthday. She was so excited she couldn't fall asleep, waiting for a miracle that sadly never came.
Liu's life was full of such difficulties. In junior high, the boys made fun of her for wearing makeup. They disliked her mannerisms and mocked her constantly.
Once, the boys threw her onto a bed in the dorm and started threatening to take her clothes off and bit her on the shoulders to see how soft her skin was. Liu could only cry and beg them to stop.
After spending a difficult three years at high school, she was accepted into the Hunan Mass Media Vocational Technical College in Changsha.
Liu dances at a nightclub to make money for her transsexual surgery. [huanqiu.com]
Transsexual Surgery
In college, Liu fell in love with a boy but quickly realized that they could not be together if she did not undergo transsexual surgery. She became convinced that being a boy was not the life she really wanted. She told the boy that she would come back for him in three years.
Liu's family strongly opposed the surgery, believing that she was only doing it to gain fame. They kept her at home and made her cut her hair, which she had left to grow long. Eventually, she escaped and began working towards her dream of becoming a girl.
At the time, transsexual surgery cost tens of thousands of US dollars. To earn money at the beginning, Liu danced at a nightclub, performing with a boa constrictor. She used the name Lan Xi for her performance. Lan stood for 'male', reminding her of her gender, while Xi was the first name of the boy she loved.
In order to save every penny, Liu only ate one meal a day costing 2.5 yuan (US$ 0.4). She bound her feet to prevent them from growing. She had no friends and was often overwhelmingly lonely. But all her sacrifices paid off three years later when she had saved enough money to pay for her surgery.
"It was not a rash decision. I felt relief instead of pain after the surgery," said Liu."It was worth all the suffering that had come before."
After surgery, Liu contacted her mother, who asked her to come back home. Since then, she has embarked on a completely new life.
A Fashion Model
Liu poses for an advertisement for an online game. [yzz.cn]
Later, Liu moved to Beijing to work as a model. She had two relationships, both of which ended when the families of the men found out that she was unable to bear children.
Liu began to gain a measure of fame after being featured in several established fashion magazines and was invited to shoot advertisements for online games. She gained a large male following.
At the beginning of 2011, Liu admitted on her blog that she was a transsexual, after several netizens published photos of her before her surgery.
"I would rather announce this publicly than allow them to hurt me. Many years ago, I did undergo transsexual surgery," Liu wrote. "I am being completely frank to everyone. I have been so tired, but now I feel as if all the pressure from the past six years has been released."
"We were in a relationship for over half a year, but I never realized that she had been a boy," said one of Liu's exes.
Before her announcement, Liu was occasionally bothered by text messages from wealthy men and directors, asking her to be their mistress.
"I have never received those types of messages again," she said when her exes and friends called her to ask about whether what she wrote in her blog was true.
Although most of her followers found it hard to accept the fact that she is a transsexual, Liu has gained some respect and recognition for being the first transsexual model in China.
(Source: people.com.cn/Translated and edited by womenofchina.cn)

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