Approved ~~ MJM
On stage, wearing a Speedo swimsuit, several layers of self-tanning spray and smiling broadly, Alex Tilinca said he felt the world was finally seeing him as the person he was meant to be.
With his parents and friends cheering and crying in the audience, Tilinca, an 18-year-old transgender man, won first place in the Teen Classic Physique competition at the Victor Martinez Legends Bodybuilding Competition in the Bronx in August.
“It was like the universe was telling me to keep going. Don’t stop,” said Tilinca, a freshman marketing major at Hofstra. “This is what I’m meant to do with my life. It shows it’s possible to do what I want to do.”
Tilinca, who lives in Hicksville and grew up in Stony Brook, wants to become the first transgender man to win Mr. Olympia, which is considered the premier international event in the sport of bodybuilding. It is an ambitious goal considering no transgender man has won a major professional bodybuilding competition. No less important, Tilinca said he wants to inspire other transgender young people, who may feel as lost and confused as he did.