Stav Strashko Doesn’t Want Reassignment Surgery and This is Why

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23-year-old transgender model Stav Strashko is proud of her body. But she needs you to know something: unlike many other transgender people in the public eye, she has no plans for gender reassignment surgery. Let her explain.

The Israeli-born model recently told Teen Vogue,

“I do consider myself a trans person. By definition, transgender doesn’t include only those who have had surgery; it’s just someone who identifies with another gender. But 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.”

Beautifully said!

But while Stav is currently comfortable in her skin, it took her a while to understand her identity as a trans person.

“No one ever told me what being gay or transgender was. The only time I heard those words used was as an insult. So, when I realized I was attracted to boys and to my feminine side, I didn’t know how to deal with it. It took me a long time to build the confidence to know that this is normal.”

She added, “I didn’t understand that I wanted to live my life as a girl.”

We’re so happy that Stav Strashko found her way and now she can be a role model for others.


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Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella and The Feminist Health Source. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and The Challenge. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her taking an absurd amount of photos of her tuxedo cat Tom.