A transgender man is leading US Men's Health's 'Ultimate Guy Search' contest and could soon appear on the magazine's cover, thanks to a flurry of support in the reader-voted competition.
Aydian Dowling, 27 from Oregon in the States, currently sits at the top of the leaderboard, almost 20,000 votes ahead of his nearest competition, in the contest which looks to find a cover star who is "fit and fearless, a doer who gives back and leads by example."
Dowling - who created Beefheads Fitness, a YouTube channel "dedicated to bodybuilding and healthy lifestyles of FTMs" - described the support as "phenomenal" in an interview with People.
"I want to break the stereotype of what a man should or shouldn't be," he told the magazine. "I think it would blow minds. I think it would be so affirming to young kids who are lost right now and depressed, to see somebody on a magazine, to see if I can do it, they can do it too."
Voting for the mag's November issue cover spot ends in June, at which point Men's Health's own judges will choose 100 finalists to move into the competition's next round. Surely we'll be seeing Aydian's face - and, ahem, killer pecs - there.