After transforming from 'she' to 'he', Praveen works hard to become Mr Kerala
Thrissur: Praveen Nath, a 23-year-old transman, is trying hard to become the Mr Kerala. Until two years ago, he was a ‘she’. But he survived the insults and hardships and is on a tough journey to achieve his dream.
Praveen was selected as champion in transman category in the Bodybuilding Championship held in Thrissur. Transgender people rarely enter the field of bodybuilding. So, Praveen is trying to make his own niche there.
In order to take part in the Mr Kerala event, Praveen spends a total of 7 hours a day in the gym. He consumes food according to the diet only. Former Mr India and fitness trainer Vinu Mohan is his trainer.
Praveen will soon get a reception at his native place at Elavancherry in Nenmara in Palakkad for getting selection to the Mr Kerala event. It was his mother Valsala who gave him Rs 50,000 to participate in the championship.
“I want to hold my mother at the venue. I want to hear what she wants to say to me and the audience. She used to address me as ‘my girl’ and has now started calling ‘my boy’. I’m happy for that,” Praveen said.
“I realised that I’m a boy trapped in a girl’s body when I was in class 10. First, I thought it was a disease. I could not adjust with the girl’s body. During that time, I fell in love with a girl. Everyone thought I was lesbian and they criticised me,” Praveen opened up about his life.
“The school authorities sent me for counselling and treatment in Bengaluru for a year. I heard the term ‘transman’ during that period. When SSLC exams were scheduled, I was discharged from there and appeared for the exam. I passed with 80 percent marks,” he said.
Celebrity makeup artist Renju Renjimar gave Praveen Rs 1 lakh for sex reassignment surgery two years ago. “I want to be like Aryan Pasha, the first transgender bodybuilder in India,” Praveen disclosed his dream.