By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

A FORMER male model who walked the runways for big designers and graced the pages of Vogue is now cracking the industry as a woman.

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Videographer / director: Brett Wheat
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne

Eden before her transition in Los Angeles

Eden Estrada, from Los Angeles, took the world by storm while working as a male model, but she always knew she wasn't in the right body.

At just 18-years-old, Eden accepted her true self and began her transition from male to female, completing it with top and bottom surgery at the age of 21.

Eden said: “My modelling career started before I transitioned - I was in Vogue when I was 16. It was really strange for me modelling before I transitioned because my body wasn’t fully there. Now that I’m doing it, I feel amazing.

Eden poses for a selfie prior to her transition from male to female
Model Eden Estrada poses in a Garden of Eden themed photoshoot

“To medically transition was basically the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done in my life because, to see your body, your mind and your soul finally change and be the person you wanted to be there’s no way to describe that.”

Now the beautiful model shares her experiences on her YouTube channel and Instagram - Eden The Doll.

Eden grew up in a conservative home as a Jehovah’s Witness and although her family were initially unsure of her transition, now they are all fully support her decision.

The stunning model shows of her new long, luscious blonde locks
The social media influencer poses on the beach in a bikini

She said: “A year ago, I stayed true to myself and let him know, who I was, what I was and the type of person that I am, and at the end of the day I am a woman no matter what anyone wants to call me.

“My family, at first, wasn’t supportive at all. It was unfortunate but I gave it time and things are much different now.”

Eden’s mum Lilly Barraza said: “For me at the beginning, it was a shock. I felt very strange but at the same time I’m now pleased because I see that she is happy and if she is happy, then I am happy too.”

Eden Estrada and boyfriend Malik McBride pose for a photo on the beach in Beverley Hills
Eden poses for a photo with some friends prior to her transition

Eden first met her boyfriend Malik McBride when she was eating at a restaurant he worked at and a year later they are happier than ever, but telling him she was trans was a daunting experience.

Malik said: “I had found out Eden was trans right before our second date, my initial reaction was ‘wait, what?!’

“Mainly because I already had a twisted idea of people who are trans. Probably for about 15 minutes, I was like ‘wait, whoa’, but after a while I was fine.

Prior to her transition Eden worked as a successful male model - even appearing in Vogue
Estrada smiles on set for a photoshoot before her transition

“I feel like overall, I have the perfect package. I could not ask for a better woman in my life.”

While it is easy to assume that Eden’s transition was a scary experience, she welcomed every stage because each one brought her closer to becoming the real Eden.

She said: “The scariest part of my transition was - I have to be honest - nothing at this point. I mean I’m not afraid of anything.

Eden poses for the camera in a pool before her transition
The popular social media star poses for a photo

“It was my body and my life. Once I turned 18 I basically made it my mission to accomplish every dream I ever had.

“So I was not afraid of anything. I wanted the pain, I wanted the surgeries, I wanted everything, I wanted the hate.

“I wanted it all to come because I know that was the price I had to pay to be the woman I am.”

Eden as a young boy - she began her transition to female at age 19
The model completed her transition at age 21 with top and bottom surgery

Although Eden has modelled for Bellami hair products and walked for Marco Marco’s shows, her main focus is her position as a social media influencer and YouTuber.

Eden said: “I’m not just transgender, I’m a normal 21-year-old woman who has to deal with a lot of theory stuff. There’s a lot to me than being trans.

“I think about where my life was a year ago and I truly am so, so grateful. I just really want to be a good role model for people, that’s the entire reason I made my YouTube channel was to hopefully change someone’s life, and if I can do it, you can do it too.”