THE world’s youngest transsexual has spoken about the operation to make her a girl.
German Kim Petras was born Tim but wanted to be a woman from the age of two.
The op – carried out in secret last month – was authorised after psychologists confirmed that Kim was "without doubt a girl in a boy's body".
Kim has become the youngest person in the world to have a full sex change operation after undergoing hormone therapy since the age of 12.
Now aged 16, she said: "I was asked if I feel like a woman now - but the truth is I have always felt like a woman - I just ended up in the wrong body.
"I can enjoy swimming, and bikinis, go in the changing rooms without a problem, everything has changed because of this operation. I just can't wait to put on my favourite bathing suit and go swimming like I've never done before.
"I had to wait until my 16th birthday but once that was past I was able legally to have the operation."
Dr Bernd Meyenburg, who treats patients with identity disorders at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, said: "Very few youth psychiatrists have any experience with transsexual developments. The families wander from one psychiatrist to the next.
"I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager - I realised that in some cases it is the right decision.
"Kim is such a case - she always knew what she wanted."
Kim overcame years of taunts and bullying to achieve her dream of becoming a girl and already has a modelling career behind her and launched a CD of music to critical acclaim.
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