Sona Avedian, formerly known as Matthew, is a six-tour combat veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps. Upon leaving the Corps, he grew a thick, bushy beard and settled into family life with his wife and daughter.
However, Avedian says that she had always identified as a girl, but hid that side of herself leading up to and during her military service. Avedian used a masculine physique, sports cars, and a large beard to compensate for the fact that she always felt more like a woman.
In 2012, Avedian started hormone therapy and over the next several years lost 100lbs, had breast augmentation surgery, and laser hair removal.
“I could only hide so much,” she said. “I was exhausted and I could no longer hide behind these deployments.”
‘Personally I’m much happier, I don’t have any conflicts with who I am. I am definitely a tomboy and that’s okay. Before I couldn’t stand myself and I couldn’t interact with people.’
Avedian is currently a ride sharing driver for Uber and Lyft and now resides in Texas. Some people can’t believe the transition made, so Avedian responded on her Facebook page:
Watch the transformation
Many of you can’t believe this and neither could I but something tells me it’s true and all I can say is “this is not natural”