Benjamin Ryan Melzer is Making Room on the #RunwayForAll
To learn more about Benjamin, follow @egoshooter on Instagram. This story is part of an ongoing series featuring models who are redefining industry standards and making sure there’s room on the #RunwayForAll.
“#RunwayForAll means we all have beauty in us,” says Benjamin Ryan Melzer (@egoshooter), who lives in Germany. “People told me I couldn’t model,” he says. “I’m not talented. I’m not tall enough. I’m not good at telling stories through pictures. Today, I’m proof they were wrong.” Benjamin was named Yvonne when he was born. During his transition from female to male, he asked his parents what they would have named him if he was born a boy. “My mother said Benjamin, and my father said Ryan,” he says. “So they chose my new name.” About a year and a half ago, Benjamin flew to London for his first photo shoot. “The moment I stood in front of the camera I wasn’t nervous anymore,” he says. “It felt like home for me.”
The German edition of Men’s Health will feature transgender fitness model Ben Melzer on the cover of its April issue. Melzer will be the first transgender man to appear on the cover of a men’s fitness magazine in Europe, according to U.K. LGBT site Pink News. Melzer landed on the cover after entering the German magazine’s cover model contest.