Genderqueer actor and model Chella Man becomes the first transmasculine face for YSL Beauty

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Jewish Chinese American artist, activist, actor and model Chella Man is celebrating another milestone as the first transmasculine face of YSL Beauty.

Celebrating scars: In a campaign video for the brand, the 22-year-old deaf, genderqueer artist celebrates his scars from gender confirmation surgery. He says, “My scars are radiant, they show where I’ve been.”

  • Man explains that he goes through “intense gender dysphoria.”
  • “My mind didn’t connect to my body,” he says in the video. “Top surgery allowed me to make my body a home, and my scars will always remind me of this liberation.”
  • Man says he expresses himself through art and adds that his scars make him who he is.
  • “They’re a privilege to bear,” he concludes in the video. “My scars are my signature.”


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Who he is: Man came into the spotlight on YouTube in 2017, sharing his transition and struggles with gender dysphoria.

  • He then became active in and fought for deaf communities and signed with IMG Models, according to Out.
  • He landed his first acting role as Jericho in “Titans” in 2019.

The YSL Beauty campaign also features other young influencers such as Rickey Thompson, Brynne Rosetta, Tatiana Rigsby and more.

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