Jazz Jennings recently completed her gender confirmation surgery (also known as vaginoplasty) and I couldn’t be happier for her!!
Jazz has been extremely public with her journey as a trans girl so it’s not surprising that she decided to share this with her fans. But it is beautiful. To quote Brooklyn 99‘s Captain Holt, “Every time someone steps up and says who they are, the world becomes a better, more interesting place.”
Of course, Jazz had no obligation to anyone to share such a private moment with the public. No trans person owes anyone an explanation about their body (case and point: Laverne Cox on Wendy Williams below).
And even though Jazz has decided to get “bottom surgery,” doesn’t mean she needs to get “top surgery” too. In fact, the activist has already expressed her desire not to get the surgery. She previously said,
“I don’t want top surgery anymore. I’m pretty happy with my body.”
This is probably the perfect time to remind anyone reading that a trans person does not surgery to validate their gender. It is up to each individual to decide what’s right for them. In fact, trans model Stav Strashko has no intention of getting gender confirmation surgery, saying,
“I never wanted to go through the surgery — I feel comfortable in my body. I have a boyfriend who loves me the way I am. I don’t want to change anything.”
Jazz, on the other hand, had been dreaming of having her own vagina since she was a child. Right before her surgery, she posted a video to YouTube where she talked about just how excited she was for her transformation.
“I feel like this is something I really, really wanted my entire life. I’ve been looking forward to it forever.
Everyone has the right to have the body they want, and I couldn’t be happier for Jazz.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.