Jazz Jennings has finally reached the point she’s always dreamed of.
The “I Am Jazz” star went through gender confirmation surgery, the final step in her long transition process, this past June, and now she’s opening up about what the experience has meant to her.
Jennings sat down with “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang, telling her, “It was like a dream. It was. This is a moment that I had always envisioned and just experiencing it was so surreal. I was like, I can’t believe this is happening.”
The procedure was not without its wrinkles, though, Jennings revealed.
“There was just an unfortunate event and setback where things did come apart, and there was a complication,” she said. “I had to come back in for another procedure but it 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.”
The 18-year-old has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, giving the world insight into the life of trans children around the world.
“From the time I was six years old, I’ve been sharing my story. And, you know, at first, I thought, Okay, this is all going to come to an end one day and then I’ll be able to live my life. But more and more I realized that I was given this platform for a reason and that I have a strong and powerful voice,” she said of her consistent advocacy for trans rights.
Jennings also spoke about the controversial decision she and her parents made when she was 11 to take hormone blockers.
“I have no regrets because it allowed me to prevent myself from going through male puberty,” she said. “I feel like that’s why my dysphoria hasn’t been so bad is because I look in the mirror, and I see the girl that I am on the inside. But not every transgender person has the opportunity to do that.”
As for the surgery, Jennings added, “This is really the last thing that will validate my identity as a woman. There is nothing else after this. I just get to be myself, be in the body that I’ve always wanted. And then I can live my life as just Jazz.”