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Aydian Dowling Makes Top Ten for Cover of Men’s Health

Aydian Dowling

Aydian Dowling

However you might feel about Men’s Health magazine’s “Ultimate Guy” contest, one new perspective has emerged in the competition: transgender man Aydian Dowling has made the top ten list for the cover this year, out of nearly one thousand entrants. He won the reader’s choice portion of the voting and thereby gained a coveted spot at the top.

On his Facebook page, Dowling wrote, “Thank You to everyone who has voted through this @menshealthmag Ultimate Guy Contest. Although sitting at #1 is not a guaranteed win–we made a BIG statement and THAT is something to be proud of already! We got #1 people!!”

Dowling began transitioning a little more than five years ago and has posted his transition on social media throughout. He has a YouTube channel and actively champions health in the trans community. He has another endeavor that targets fitness training for trans men.

Dowling is very much an active part of the LGBT community and has stressed the importance of trans health. On his application to the Men’s Health contest, he writes. “Giving back is a large part of my life. I started the first YouTube Collaboration BeefHeads Fitness, a channel geared towards Transgender Individuals looking to get fit and healthy. Also, I run multiple groups, Instagram accounts, and other social media platforms encouraging mental and physical health reaching over 45K combined. On a more local platform I did start training other Transgender Males here in my new town of Eugene, OR. They have greatly progressed and I feel very proud to see their self confidence grow. I do nothing but support them and show technique, but drive is contagious!”

Hopefully, we will be able to look for Aydian’s win and his body on the cover of the November issue of Men’s Health magazine! Stay posted!

Aydian Dowling

Aydian Dowling

PHOTO CREDIT: AYDIAN DOWLING

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