• Amelia Gapin is the first transgender woman to appear on the cover of Women's Running (Instagram)Source: Instagram
“It says people like me are not just being seen, but being seen for who we are.”
Bianca Soldani

14 Jun 2016 - 2:15 PM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2016 - 4:26 PM

Amelia Gapin is making history in the US. She’s a marathon runner, self-confessed “cat lady” and now the first transgender woman to cover Women’s Running magazine.

Gapin stars on the July issue alongside the tagline “it’s time to love yourself”.

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She tells the publication in the accompanying interview that “being a transgender woman on the cover of a magazine dedicated to women says people like me are not just being seen, but being seen for who we are.

“It’s a feeling of acceptance, inclusivity and being welcomed.”

Gapin began transitioning four years ago and has recently undergone gender reassignment surgery.

Running has been an outlet and a crutch throughout the process, and she tells People it “helped me get through the mental and emotional struggles I went through while I was transitioning.

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“[Running] gave me a place to work through all of the external things, like dealing with other people, and how to approach coming out to people and how to explain”.

Gapin follows in the footsteps of trans model Andreja Pejic who covered the Spanish edition of Marie Claire, Benjamin Melzer who starred on the cover Germany’s Men’s Health, transgender man Laith Ashley who features on the cover of Attitude magazine, and of course Caitlin Jenner's Vanity Fair cover.


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