From IJReview: Sona Avedian used to be a 240 pound, bearded, muscular U.S. Marine—but now at 33 years old, she has become something much different.
It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to make the tough decision to transition to being a woman. Sona had already a wife and a kid, but she needed to do this to be happy and escape the deep depression she felt.
It has not been an easy transition. Sona has lost around 100 pounds, started hormone therapy, lasered away her facial hair, and had breast surgery in order to look like a woman.
It definitely shows.
Sona, who was previously known as Matthew, served six tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Marine as well as a military contractor. According to The Daily Mail this was a way for her to suppress the feminine feelings she was having at that time.
Her Facebook page contains a number of powerful before and after shots:
As a man, Sona bulked up to 240 pounds in order to counteract the feeling that he should have been born a woman. Today, Sona has become almost unrecognizable to those who knew her before:
One month into transitioning, Sona still retained many of her masculine features, but a wig and ladies’ clothes helped ease the pain of not looking entirely feminine:
Sona told Caters News that she’s had to make many changes to her life that aren’t just physical:
“Since I came out I have tried to live a normal life – it’s like anyone, there are good and bad times. There are certain things I miss, I lost a lot of friends but I’ve also made a lot of new friends. I was following the American dream – I don’t even know who I’m looking at in the before pictures, it was so depressing.”
“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.”
Sona lives in Texas and works for Uber and Lyft to make ends meet in her new life. She still maintains an amicable relationship with her ex-wife and spends plenty of time with her daughter.
Despite being single, Sona has apparently met a few “nice guys” down in Texas.
To see more of Sona’s transition, watch the video below: