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How do Angelika and Jake get ready to face the world every day? For Angelika, the day begins with a little makeup. "A lot of people tell me that I kind of have Angelina Jolie lips," she says. "I get that a lot. And I kind of appreciate the fact that they're real because I get a lot of compliments on them from friends and from guys, of course."

Angelika wears padding every day to add curves to her hips, but she still has some masculine characteristics. "Yes, I do have an Adam's apple and sometimes you can see it. But for the most part, my chin kind of hides it a little bit."

At age 16, Jake had surgery to remove his breasts. Before that, he would bind them every day. "It's so much easier now to pick out what I want to wear because I don't have to worry about if my chest is showing or not," he says.

Both Jake and Angelika take hormones. Angelika says she has to take testosterone blocker pills four times a day. Jake must inject himself with hormones every two weeks. "It's kind of routine now," he says. Jake now uses men's soap and has learned to shave. "When I was growing up, I really wasn't thinking about it. I used to just pretend to shave with my dad," he says.
FROM: Born in the Wrong Body
Published on September 28, 2007


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