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Jamie Raines, 21.
Student and YouTube star, was about to turn 18 when he first started taking testosterone, the hormone that helps transgender men masculinise their appearance, voice, and body. Here he is on that first day, holding the medication. He decided to document his transition by taking a selfie every day. “I initially intended to just do it for the first year,” he told BuzzFeed News. “But then I didn’t get any facial hair in my first year.” Initially, changes to Raines’ face were subtle. But in the second year, he started noticing more and more changes. “My face started to get longer and I lost the chubby cheeks,” he said. Raines noticed that his nose changed too. And then, after two years on testosterone, facial hair began to appear. “I was waiting for it once I first started getting a couple of chin hairs,” he said. “It was really exciting.” The facial hair kept growing… …and growing…. until, after more than three years of testosterone, Raines had a full, proud beard. This is his most recent picture (complete with socks drying in the background). And this shows the testosterone journey in two pictures in which he’s wearing the exact same outfit. Raines turned the 1,400 photos into a short film that caught the attention of a TV producer who included Raines in a new documentary for Channel 4 about transgender men.