As Tracy got older, her father began encouraging her to model. Tracy even entered a pageant and was named a Miss Hawaii Teen USA finalist.
As a teenager, she began dating men. "I felt like I was pushed into it. I felt like that's what I had to do in society," Thomas says. "It was just a convenience, I guess."
At age 17, Tracy entered into a relationship with her martial arts instructor. "I was with him for three years, and he trained me to be a good martial artist," Thomas says. "He complimented me, saying that I fought like a man. That was the best compliment he could give."
During her college years, Tracy began to discover her true gender identity. "That's when I found myself," Thomas says. "It was a process of self-discovery for me, and I ended up having my first girlfriend. We were together for three and a half years."