Transgender activist and reality star Jazz Jennings says she is “proud” to show off scars from her 2018 gender confirmation surgery and post-procedure complications.
In an Instagram post on New Year’s Eve, the 19-year-old posed for two photos wearing a deep crimson one-piece bathing suit that revealed wide scars on her upper thighs, which she calls “my battle wounds because they signify the strength and perseverance it took to finally complete my transition,” without providing more details, though one of her doctors has said she needed more skin grafts. In October 2018, she told ABC News that while her “life wasn’t in danger,” the complication was an “unfortunate” setback and “was just all part of the journey. The good thing though is that it was only cosmetic and external so it wasn’t too dramatic.”
Jazz, who since 2015 has chronicled her transition in the TLC series “I Am Jazz,” previously posted that 2018 was a “rough year” for her because of “a major complication with my gender confirmation surgery.”
Jazz’s mother, Jeanette, responded to her most recent post with praise in the comments. “My sweet girl, you are the strongest and bravest of all the souls I’ve even known and I’m blessed to be your mom,” she wrote.
“Your scars are just as beautiful as you the rest of you. I love you with all that I am. You make me proud everyday,” she continued, adding three hearts to the end of her words. The younger Jennings’ big brother, Sander, also sent love, saying, “Thank you for continuing to inspire me!” and “You’re the strongest person I know.”
Approved ~ MJM