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A transgender model's life on and off the ramp

in INDIA, 30/11/2012

"From the day I became conscious, I knew I was in a wrong body," says Olga B Aaron, a Chennai-based transgender amateur model who is the muse for a unique photo exhibition, currently on show at the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

The exhibition by freelance photo-journalist K Venkatesh portrays Olga posing amid the dilapidated ramparts of the historic Bidar fort.

"Society's neglect towards transgenders is akin to the government's neglect of this priceless monument. The monument has been abandoned by people, as are transgenders. Our exhibition showcases this," says Olga.

Olga's life, in her own words, has been full of struggle. She was the second and last male child of her parents. Born Bini Aaron, she lost her father when she was very young.

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