A transgender man, Ben Melzer, will appear as the cover model for the April issue of Germany’s Men’s Health magazine, becoming the first trans person ever to cover a men’s fitness magazine in Europe.
28-year-old Melzer, an athlete and fitness model, finished runner-up in the magazine’s ‘Ultimate Guy Cover Contest’, but he’ll appear on the cover of a collector’s edition, due to be published in April.
He told Men’s Health Germany (Google translated) that becoming the first finalist “is obviously a huge thing. I am overwhelmed and a little nervous, but the joy outweighs clearly”.
Melzer has an intense training schedule include extreme sports, surfing, wake-boarding, cliff jumping and basketball. “When I see the body in top shape, fitness or fashion models. Now that I finally can shape my body according to my wishes, that is a tremendous incentive. Since I could start right away with a workout.”
Melzer has quickly become a prominent trans voice on social media, with over 32,000 Instagram followers.