To try and brighten up a gloomy Monday, we're treating you to an exclusive new photo from Laith Ashley's Attitude cover shoot for our swimwear and underwear special - available to download
and in shops now.
26-year-old Laith has been adjusting to fame since signing to a model agency and becoming one of the first transgender models to feature in a national US campaign. Having struggled with his gender identity for years, he tells us how therapy helped him conquer his inner demons, as he poses for a glorious new shoot by Bruce Weber.
"I would self-destruct, I would disappear because I didn’t want to be here”, says Laith. “For a long time I prayed to God to let me die. I’d think
I hate life, hate being trans, hate the world. I was very negative," Laith says.
"I still struggle with that from time to time but remind myself I’m pretty blessed. I have a family who are supportive. They may not agree with who I am, but they do love me. I had the privilege of going to school. I have the privilege of this experience. I love who I see in the mirror now."
Meanwhile, you can check out all the smoking hot behind the scenes footage from Laith's shoot here.
Check out the stunning pictures and read his interview in the new issue of Attitude, available to download now from pocketmags.com/attitude
, in shops, and to order from newsstand.co.uk
Also in Attitude’s June Issue
, alongside all your usual news, reviews, fitness & travel:
Nick Jonas on gay sex: 'I wouldn't say I haven't, because that would be lying'
Police hunt for for transgender woman allegedly responsible for setting fire to Canadian gender clinic
- Queers & the cuts: In a special feature marking a year of Conservative majority rule, we look at the toll austerity is taking on the LGBT community.
- We catch up with US pop starlet Ariana Grande as she releases her hotly anticipated third studio album.
- Titan of musical theatre Bernadette Peters looks back over a glittering career as she prepares to return to the UK – and tells us why she has no time for diva behaviour.
- The Fifth Harmony girls talk boys, gay pride and X Factor as they continue to take over the airwaves with the fruits of new album 7/27.
- We meets the stars of Holding the Man, the most powerful gay romantic drama since Brokeback Mountain.
- Mathew Horne spills the T on playing gay in Sky’s detective series Agatha Raisin.
- MTV’s Maya Jama sees whether she can pass for a homo in How Gay Are You?