Aspiring Men’s Health cover model Aydian Dowling sat down with daytime’s reigning queen Ellen DeGeneres to discuss life as a trans man, coming out to his parents and working on his fitness.
Dowling was particularly effusive of the support he’s gotten with the contest — he has almost 5 times as many votes as his nearest competitor.
“I think if there’s one thing you want in life it’s to do your own thing, to live your authentic self,” Aydian told Ellen.”Being on that cover will question the new average. Like, what is average? I think it’ll break that barrier.”
Check out Aydian’s journey below and make sure to vote for him to be on the cover of MH.