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.”
Trans Athlete Lands On The Cover Of "Men's Health" Magazine In Germany
"My inside and my outside finally fit, and that's why I'm not at all ashamed to finally talk about it."

“My inside and my outside finally fit, and that’s why I’m not at all ashamed to finally talk about it.” 

A transgender man will appear as the cover model for the April issue of Germany’s Men’s Health magazine.

Fitness model Ben Melzer opens up about his transition in the upcoming issue, and says he would like his time in the spotlight to give hope to those who may be in similar situations.

“When I was in that situation, I had nobody to talk to,” Melzer said. “I want to give the community a face, stand up and answer those questions for people.”

You can watch a video of Melzer discussing his Men’s Health cover in the video below.”

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Meet the First Trans Man on the Cover of Men’s Health in Europe
Ben Melzer will make history as the first out trans man to be featured on the European edition of Men’s Health.

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.