What is the definition of female? Is it a biological fact or is it something that resides in the mind, on a much deeper level? That is the debate being sparked by a new wave of people who have chosen to transition from one gender to another after being born in what they see as the wrong body. Thanks to recent advances in medical science, these transitions are essentially seamless and undetectable to the naked eye. Men who choose to become women through gender reassignment surgery are, for all intensive purposes, female. And in many cases, they are actually more attractive than many of the so-called "real" women you might see walking the streets. Indeed, many men find themselves incredibly attracted to transgender women if they are unaware of their past medical history.
And once they find out, does that change the fact that they were indeed attracted to these women? It can be a confusing thing for men to go through, understandably so. Many guys have probably hooked up with transgender women in the past, with no knowledge of ever having done so. This is a brave new world, and many of us are still getting used to it. There are those who say that a transgender woman who becomes romantic with a man without telling him about her past is in some way deceiving him. But most trans women argue that they have no obligation to share those personal details. And if you love someone, you should love them for their personality, not their gender, right? In any case, these transgender women are hot enough to flare the interests of any guy. Any guy that is honest with himself, that is...
15 Carmen Carrera
Carmen Carrera is an American transgender woman who is 32 years old. Many people consider her one of the most beautiful women in the world. The fact that she was born a man never got in the way of her doing whatever she wanted to do with her life, including being a major star in the entertainment world. She has appeared on many reality TV shows, the most notable of which was RuPaul's Drag Race. She's also a Burlesque performer and an actor.
She has also been very active in AIDS activism and volunteer work, and she's been recognized for her good work in this area. She also stands up for herself whenever she feels it's right. In one instance, she lashed out to producers after being called a man on a reality TV show, saying "I may not have been born a woman, but I'm NOT a man. I told them I wouldn't mind if they said 'born male' or 'was a male.' After taking this journey it's not fair at all to be lied to by the producers."
14 Chanel Santini
Another transgender woman who is well-known in many corners of the world is Chanel Santini. This adult film star transitioned to female and received gender reassignment surgery at a young age, and is now considered one of the hottest transgender women alive. She is only 19 years old, and has only been in the adult film industry for a little over a year. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Speaking about her experiences as a transgender woman, she revealed: "It was around the age of 15, right when I was going into high school I was able to meet other trans kids who helped me find the comfort I needed to embrace my true self. It wasn’t a decision but a coming to terms of who I was as a person. As far as support it took some time for some family members to fully embrace what I was going through. It is still a struggle for some but the majority of my family has come out in support of me. Are you really trans? Are you a real person? These are some of the more polite questions I have received but there is a whole lot more that is less than appropriate, usually commenting or making reference to my adult industry career."
13 Andrej Pejic
Another huge name in the fashion industry and the trans community is Andrej Pejic. She is one of the most successful transgender models, and for a long time lived as a male model. She was praised and sought after for his androgynous good looks, and was dressed in women's clothes by top designers even though they all knew full well that she was presenting herself male. In the world of fashion, unusual and nontraditional beauty is praised, and Andrej definitely fit that bill as a man. But in 2014, Pejic underwent gender reassignment surgery, and chose to live life as a woman. Not much really changed about her outer appearance, seeing as she has previously looked identical to a woman anyway.
In an interview with Vogue, Andrej Pejic revealed: "I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet — so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do. But it wasn’t possible at the time, and I put it off, and androgyny became a way of expressing my femininity without having to explain myself to people too much. Especially to my peers [who] couldn’t understand things like “trans” and gender identity. And then obviously the modelling thing came up, and I became this androgynous male model, and that was a big part of my growing up and my self-discovery. But I always kept in mind that, ultimately, my biggest dream was to be a girl. I wasn’t ready to talk about it before in a public way because I was scared that I would not be understood. I didn’t know if people would like me."
12 Siobhan Atwell
Of all the transgender women in the world, the one that has the most people talking right now is a 22-year-old Canadian model called Siobhan Atwell. She is known as the transgender woman who is taking the fashion industry by storm right now, and she's already posed for several big names. She also has a very active social media presence, specifically on Instagram where she shows off her stunning good looks. Not too long ago, Siobhan was known as Seth, and she was working as a gender-fluid male model. This allowed her to pose as both a male and a female. But now she's put all of that behind her, and has fully embraced life as a female going forward.
Speaking about her life in recent years, she told Vogue: "It started changing the way I thought about it all. I felt more comfortable being a woman, started to like being referred to as ‘she.’ I feel like we are still a bit behind. I feel like we should be already caught up, not being labeled transgender — we should just be male or female. I want to be represented as a woman, but I don’t want to hide the fact that I’m trans, too.”
11 Geena Rocero
Geena Rocero is definitely one of the best-known transgender women in the world right now, and she's not just a pretty face. This Filipino-American supermodel is in her mid-thirties these days, and has done so many amazing things with her life. She founded Gender Proud, a transgender rights activist group, and she has even given TED Talks in the past. She is also one of the few openly transgender women to appear on the cover of Harper's Bazaar.
Beauty is a big part of her notoriety and her career, and she's been very successful in her career as a supermodel. She has appeared in many different publications, although no one actually knew that she was transgender until she came out during a TED Talk in 2014. She is as brave as she is beautiful, and it's no wonder why she has inspired people like Caitlyn Jenner.
10 Thalita Zampirolli
Another massively popular and undeniably hot transgender woman is Thalita Zampirolli. This drop-dead gorgeous Brazilian woman transitioned to being female at the tender age of 18, and has been the subject of much media attention over the years. She has the classic curvy look of a Latin beauty, and she claims that she's even had romances with professional soccer players in the past. Nowadays, the 26-year-old enjoys a massive following on her social media platforms, and treats her fans to extremely revealing pictures all the time.
But when she revealed that she used to be a man, she received some backlash. Men who had dated her suddenly denied ever having known her. She lost a lot of modelling work as a result. But she still enjoys a lot of social media attention, and she's currently dating a male model. Speaking about her journey, she revealed, "I never felt right in my male body and always knew I was a woman inside. I am a woman, I have [female parts] and carry identification as a woman. Therefore I am a woman."
9 Kim Petras
Kim Petras is definitely one of the youngest trans women in this article, and she's also one of the most famous. This German woman is only 25 years old, and gained a lot of media attention because of the fact that she transitioned at such a young age. She insisted she was a girl from the age of two, and her parents put her into special care to figure out how to best approach the situation. Eventually, she transitioned, and now she's an avid spokesperson for trans rights. Not only that, but she has become the focal point of a debate in Germany about whether or not to to lower the age when people are allowed to get gender reassignment surgery from 18 to 16.
Outside of all this political drama, Kim Petras is a very talented singer. Since 2007, she's been releasing music and pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter in the pop music industry. Some of her music has done very well, and many of her tracks have gone viral on Spotify. When speaking about her personal journey, Kim Petras said, "I was asked if I feel like a woman now – but the truth is I have always felt like a woman – I just ended up in the wrong body."
8 Jenna Talackova
This 29-year-old Canadian star might have been born male, but now she's one hundred percent female. She grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and she began to experience gender dysmorphia as early as 14. By 19, she had completed her transition and gender reassignment surgery. That was when she changed her name to Jenna, and she's been a woman physically and mentally ever since. Her amazing beauty led her to enroll in several beauty competitions and pageants, eventually reaching a very high level.
But when she competed in the Miss Universe Canada pageant, things got a little controversial. This was all the way back in 2012, and it was one of the first times a transgender woman had competed in such a pageant. There are conflicting reports over whether she actually identified herself as a transgender woman initially, but she was eventually disqualified from the pageant because of this. However, some time later, she was allowed to compete.
7 Gigi Gorgeous
Gigi Gorgeous is another amazingly beautiful transgender woman who definitely deserves a mention in this article. Gigi is known for being an internet personality, as well as a model and actress. She came out as transgender to her fans on her YouTube channel, and she maintained her massive audience following this admission. She's well-known for her appearances on several high profile TV shows, perhaps most notably starring as herself in the reality TV show The Avenue. Before her transition, she was known as Greg, and she ran a successful YouTube channel focused on makeup. After transitioning and coming out to her fans, her channel has started to focus on a wider range of subjects, such as family and friends.
Perhaps the biggest controversy she's been involved with was when she traveled to Dubai. In the UAE, a man "imitating" a female is against the law, and can be punishable by one year in prison. She was charged with this crime, but luckily she was released after spending just 5 hours being detained.
6 Claudia Charriez
Claudia Charriez is another name that comes up quite often in discussions about transgender women, and you can see by the picture why that's the case. This woman is a picture perfect beauty, and a stunning example of how hot transgender women can be. You might recognize her name, seeing as she competed in America's Next Top Model. Unfortunately, she was disqualified because she was born a male. That didn't stop Charriez from appearing in the headlines, however, as this model had quite a few controversies left in her.
She's undeniably beautiful, and that's why it's sad that she had to become an escort as the years went by. The world was enlightened to this fact when she was summoned to court after a well-known New York Firefighter (who had posed in the annual calendar), was accused of beating her during a "date." Even amidst these accusations, Charriez still pronounced her love for the firefighter, and the court scene was quite dramatic.
5 Nong Poy
In many circles, Nong Poy is known as the most beautiful transgender woman in the world. And looking at the picture, it's hard to deny these claims. It's obvious that many people would never even consider the fact that she was born a male, and that's just a testament to her stunning beauty. She is 31 years old today, and went through gender reassignment surgery at age 19, like many of the other women on this list. She is a Thai actress and model, and in her country transgender people are accepted much more than in some other countries.
Her accomplishments are impressive and numerous, and she's come a long way since the days when she had to pretend to be male in front of her parents. She always knew she was meant to be a female, and she's been very successful in modelling and acting. She even wont the Miss International Queen pageant, which is the largest and most famous pageant for transgender women in the world. In her lengthy film career, she's also rubbed shoulders with celebrities such as Jackie Chan.
4 Nikita Dragun
Another massively famous and undeniably hot transgender woman is Nikita Dragun. This star is famous for her presence online. She's one of the most popular people on YouTube, and she also has a very active Instagram and Twitter page. She's unique because she shared the intimate details of her gender reassignment surgery and transition with her fans. She even showed them pictures from the surgery.
Speaking about her journey in an interview, Nikita explained, "I look at it as, I do believe I'm helping a lot of people by being so publicly open. Everyone is on a journey to realize their best selves and their realest selves, and I think that’s what creates that community. These people have seen me with staples in my head and screws coming out, and I’m talking oozing blood and bruises and craziness. I grew up as Nicholas and became Nikita, and I didn't have to lose the masculine traits that made me who I was or give them up be the [boss] I am now. I’m allowed to have strength. I'm allowed to stick up for myself. I’m allowed to be s*xual. I can be exactly who I always was."
3 Elena Genevinne
Here's another YouTube star you might recognize. Even if you don't it's hard not to be floored by this woman's insane beauty. Elena Genevinne is one of the most well-known transgender women on YouTube, and her first video, entitled "Tra*ny In The House," went viral extremely quickly. But it was her later video that propelled her to true fame, and this one was entitled "13 Year Old Full Body Transformation Boy to Girl." She is one of the youngest transgender women in this article, at just 18 years of age, and she hails from California.
She officially came out as transgender in 2015, meaning that she was just 16 at the time. Before this, she was known on YouTube as Johnluuu, but her content has always remained focused on makeup and beauty tutorials. Her path is one of great interest, because her transition at such a young age is seen as a sign of things to come.
2 Kelly Van Der Veer
This Dutch beauty is famous all over the world, but in the Netherlands she is known as the most prominent transgender woman. Transition and gender reassignment surgery might have been easier for Kelly because of her appearance as a boy in her younger years. She confesses that she was often mistaken as a girl, which made the decision to get gender reassignment surgery an easy one. She finally transitioned to being a female at the age of 19. But she's not just a pretty face. In the Netherlands, she is well-known for participating in television programs and other forms of media.
She most famously participated in the Dutch version of Big Brother, and she was a finalist in that competition. She's also become well-known as a comedic figure on various Dutch channels. She has also released several singles, and is pursuing a career in music. But perhaps most controversially, she has established a website on which she performs scandalous acts for money in front of a webcam.
1 Dana International
One of the most well-known transgender women in the world, and definitely the most well-known transgender women in Israel, Dana International has quite the reputation. Her real name is Sharon Cohen, but her stage name is fitting, as she's become one of the best known transgender women in the world, alongside the likes of Caitlyn Jenner. Her fame is not just a result of her beauty, however. She's one of the most popular and talented pop singers in the world, and has released 8 albums in her long and illustrious career. She even won the Eurovision song contest in 1998. She's 45 years old today, but she still has that charm that has won her so much praise and fame across the world.
She knew almost right from birth that she didn't identify as male, and she began transitioning to female at age 13. In order to make her living and pursue her dream of singing, she became a successful Drag Queen in Israel, parodying many female singers and earning quite a reputation even in her younger years.
Sources: vogue.com, wikipedia.org