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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 is currently the frontrunner in the mag’s “Ultimate Guy” contest with a month left before voting ends. Should he win, Dowling will be the first trans man to grace the cover of Men’s Health.

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.

Related: Aydian Dowling Recreates Naked Adam Levine Photo

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