Trans Model Munroe Bergdorf Shares Her Facial Feminization Surgery Journey
Munroe Bergdorf first stepped onto our radar when she became the first openly trans model featured in a L’Oréal campaign. Then, almost as soon as she was given the title, it was stripped away from her when, after the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, she wrote a Facebook post stating that White people’s “entire existence is drenched in racism.”
She subsequently lost the deal with L’Oréal. But for me, it cemented Munroe’s name in my head. And I’ve been interested in her trajectory ever since.
Yesterday, my sister told me that Bergdorf shared images on her Instagram and detailed her decision to have Facial Feminization Surgery or (FFS).
So, I wanted to be the first to tell you all. Three weeks ago I underwent Facial Feminisation Surgery (FFS), which consisted of multiple surgeries to feminise my facial features and help bring them into harmony with how I see myself on the inside. This is surgery that I've waited for and desperately wanted for over seven years and I can't tell you how much of a weight has been lifted as a result. Like many trans people, gender dysphoria is something that I have battled with throughout my transition. I made this decision by myself, for myself, so that I can start the next chapter of my life. Surgery is a personal choice, not all trans people want surgery, not all trans people need or have the medical access to surgery, but it was the right decision for me and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to make such a decision. Thank you Dr Bart Van De Ven and @2passclinic in Antwerp for making me feel so comfortable and at ease throughout the whole process and recovery. I'll never forget your kindness and support, thank you to the whole team. Now for the next chapter. First stop, New York City! ✈️🗽 Munroe 🌹🌹// 📷 @dimitristheocharis Makeup @giselle_makeup Hair @edmundbossmanhair Stylist @jeanpaulpaula
Munroe, 30, began publicly identifying as a woman when she was 18-years-old. And just began taking hormones four years ago. In addition to her modeling career, she also works as a DJ and obviously an activist for the rights of both the trans community as well as Black people across the diaspora.