25 Jan ’11

Liu Shi Han – The Transsexual Model?

The first time we introduced Chinese model Liu Shi Han 刘诗涵 was on September 6th, 2010, entitled “Liu Shi Han – Lovely Chinese Model”. We mentioned that Liu Shi Han didn’t tell much about her family because she was adopted at the age of 7 or 8 (removed now). Rumours about Liu Shi Han being a transsexual 变性模特刘诗涵 started to go about madly two months after that.

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Last month on December 29th, Liu Shi Han announced on her Sina microblog that it was true she had transsexual surgery before. The original tweet was as follows:

  • “I did have transsexual surgery. I just wanted to hide my identity and be an ordinary individual. But an anonymous person just wouldn’t let me go, making my privacy public and exposing to the media and public the fact that I can’t give birth to babies. Now, I admit it. No need to push me. I will slowly reveal the truth. I’d rather honestly face all this than allowing others to slander me.”


The exposure came to the media’s attention at the beginning of January 2011. A few TV channels started to interview Liu Shi Han. Liu Shi Han’s transgender experience was even made into small documentaries and has since been widely discussed on the Internet.

From “He” to “She”, Liu Shi Han gradually revealed and shared with Chinese audience her sad childhood stories and love experience through her Sina microblog and TV interviews (videos below).

  • “I felt my body was different. I should be a girl, I should go to women’s toilet. I felt a girl’s soul came to the wrong body of a boy’s.”
  • “Gay people can love each other, they can have sex with each other. But transsexuals like me can’t, we can’t use our own sex organs. It’s sympathetic.”

Liu Shi Han is from Changsha, capital city of Hunan Province, Southeast China. Liu Shi Han’s birth name was Liu Shuai 刘帅. “She” used to be a gentle and quiet boy who firmly believed she was a girl.

  • “I was only 8 or 9 years old, I thought if I died, I could start it all over again. So I copied what they did on TV, got a knife and cut my wrist. But every time I tried to commit suicide, I got caught by my family. They beat me up and forced me to kneel down on the scrubbing board.”

Before Liu Shi Han came to Beijing to do modelling two years ago, she worked at nightclubs dancing with snakes and pythons by the name of “Snake Girl Lan Xi” 蛇女蓝熙.

Liu Shi Han emphasized that her mother wanted a daughter before she was born. She used to dress up like a girl after school and believed that she would turn into a beautiful princess at the age of 16. She was like an alien at school. Classmates and roommates made fun of her because she was too girly.

  • “They carried me to the bed, ganged up on me and squeezed my face, saying my skin was soft and my face was pale, accusing me of disguising myself as a boy. They wanted to take my clothes off to see whether I was a boy or a girl. I kept shouting, no, no. But they got more excited. They ripped my clothes off, biting my shoulders. I started to cry, I said ‘don’t bully me like this, I’m a girl’.”

At university, Liu Shi Han felt in love with the first boy in her life. It was then she started to consider transsexual surgery. However, her family was strongly against it, beat her up with their relatives, locked her in the room and cut all her hair. Liu Shi Han managed to escape and never returned home.

To make a living on her own, Liu Shi Han started to work at nightclubs as a pole dancer and snake girl by the name of “Lan Xi”. It wasn’t easy to deal with snakes and pythons, “Lan Xi” got bitten by them for numerous times. It wasn’t easy to be a girl either. In order to keep her body small and not growing like a boy, she bound her feet and wore small-size shoes.

After three years’ saving, Liu Shi Han finally earned enough money to do transsexual surgery which lasted over eight hours. She informed her family and her mother asked her to go home after the surgery and helped her with the rest hospital fee. She was beat up, she was cursed, she was asked to take Chinese medicines to become more manly; but after this vital surgery, she was reborn and was finally able to start a new life in Beijing as a female model.

Before & During Transsexual Surgery:

After Transsexual Surgery:

Liu Shi Han had two boyfriends thereafter, but she had to break up with them eventually because their parents disapproved of their relationships. For the same reason, Liu Shi Han had to break up with her last boyfriend after she revealed the truth recently.

Liu Shi Han felt that she lost everything, just because someone spread her rumours and disturbed her families, friends and fans, which made her have to tell the truth in order to stop all this. Now Liu Shi Han’s fans are trying to find out who this anonymous guy/girl is. He or she seems to use the internet in Tsinghua University in Beijing, and he/she even had old photos and videos of Liu Shi Han before she changed her gender.

  • “I didn’t kill people, I didn’t break the law. Just because I had GID (Gender Identity Disorder) and had a kind of surgery, I got discriminated and unfairly treated. I feel quite bitter inside. I don’t want the society to treat me like a monster, everyone is equal.”

More Pictures Can Be Found At: Red Flava Gallery

Comments from Tudou 土豆网:

看樱花,盛开: “She is not a ladyboy, she just wish to be a girl.”

夢を: “Changsha is surprisingly corrupt.”

小鋒!: “I think it’s 90% viral marketing, otherwise this transsexual surgery was too perfect. Face-lifting, gender reassignment surgery and breast implant all together would cost more than 200,000 yuan (30,383 dollars).”

茶叶加蛋: “I fell for you (Liu Shi Han). I actually don’t think ladyboys are so scary, I start to like ladyboys now.”

囧字号: “They took ‘that’ off, so magical!”

北国-的海: “There are weird things all the time, but there are lots this year.”

Faicaidi: ”Liu Shi Han…I admire you! You never gave up from the beginning till the end. No matter it’s last life or this life, it doesn’t matter now. Please continue to work hard! Hope you’re happy everyday. ^^”

刘青?: “Perhaps last life truly exists. You can’t blame him, this is maybe fate. I just don’t want everyone to mock her. It’s so poignant.”

齐王: “Which hospital did you do it?”

加勒比海恶魔: “The more she shouted, the more excited they got…yes, highlights…”

Oo貴-公子-oO: “Is she really a transsexual? Is it viral marketing?”

刘诗涵弟支持: “Liu Shi Han! Younger brother supports you. I support you!!”

Laoshirb: “How could she be so cute already before the transsexual surgery! Was she really a boy?”

小漆7: “She needs to see a psychologist.”

无奈很孤单: “So strong, So brave.”

fengqiang13: “So many perverts.”

w洋: “Technology is so scary.”

又见逍遥: “So good at bearing hardships.”

我爱看_电影: “Real or fake?”

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  1. Oh gosh, I’ve said it before I was speechless! I don’t know whether I should fully believe the story, especially the part when she was beaten up by her family. It just sounds horrible and unbelievable. But the old photos of Liu Shi Han look so real, so believable. The comments from netizens are funny, it was magical yeah, and there were some highlights. lol. Of course in real life there must be some people who go through this, or something worse. But there’s nothing we can do about it if we don’t know it. I think we should be more forgiving and understanding. Even if it’s a fake story, models just want to get attention and fame like most people, not to mention if it’s a true story…

  2. In the picture where she hugs her friend – the one which is exactly before the part “After Transsexual Surgery:” – she really looks quite masculine.

  3. Victoria

    I want to cry.

    I used to like her so much. T-T”

  4. Don’t believe her story, not convincing and a bit too exaggerate. Maybe she just wants to get more famous. Who knows! Not unless her whole family and all of her friends and relatives try to convince me.

  5. badguy

    hey…HE is a pretty girl..hahahaha….just kidding…
    anyway it just the past, don’t think it seriously..
    life must go on… :)

  6. Mikera

    i think this is a true story. she really was born a man. look at her photo with the snakes. you can see that her waist is male!

  7. Chris

    The mermaid picture looks very cool

  8. Sean

    I don’t care what she is….she is pretty. If she needs a man, I am here!!!!!!!

    • Peter

      Sean, I commend your bravery in telling the truth as to how you feel about this gorgeous girl.
      I also have come to realize my honest feelings towards my soon to become wife..She is a beautiful girl and will be a beautiful girl for the rest of her life.We have been in love now for the last 17 months, but because she still lives in her country,it will take a few more months to bring her back to Australia….But She and I want to get married so we both need to be patient and wait for same sex marriage to become legal here in this country..I feel that this situation is not far away and once it becomes legal,our lives will be complete…. THANK YOU for your kind words in respect of this also fine looking and pretty girl….Best Wishes

  9. Crow

    about her face before and after surgery, not really different I think. She look beautifull even when she was a boy

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