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What a difference a viral photo makes. After recreating Adam Levine’s classic Cosmo pose, trans activist and model Aydian Dowling has found himself in the lead for Men’s Health Ultimate Guy Search.

The mag is looking for a “a guy who is fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example” to grace its November 2015 cover. Dowling meets those criteria and then some, currently boasting nearly three times the number of votes than his nearest competitor.

“As a transgender male, having a healthy body and mind is my ultimate goal to find peace within my soul,” Dowling told Men’s Health. “Although I may always have some kind of battle with my body, I continue to work everyday for a happy peace within.”

Related: Sexy Trans Model Aydian Dowling Recreates Naked Adam Levine Photo

Dowling is also spreading his fitness fanaticism in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon where he’s started training other trans males: “They have greatly progressed and I feel very proud to see their self confidence grow. I do nothing but support them and show technique, but drive is contagious!”

You can vote for Aydian in Men’s Health‘s Ultimate Guy Search here — voting ends June 21. Then it’s up to a panel of judges including fashion designer Kenneth Cole and noted brickhouse Sofia Vergara.

Les Fabian Brathwaite — just up in the gym, twerking on his fitness.

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