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Now, the veteran of the runway and city sidewalks is revealing a more intimate piece of herself: Odiele is intersex.“It is very important to me in my life right now to break the taboo,” says the 29-year-old supermodel from Kortrijk, Belgium, in an exclusive interview with USA TODAY.“At this point, in this day and age, it should be perfectly all right to talk about this,” says Odiele, one of the first high-profile people to disclose her intersex status and share her story.
But the anguish of the two surgeries is an issue for her that is still troubling today. It became a trauma because of what they did.”AWARENESS AND OUTRAGEKimberly Zieselman, executive director of inter ACT Advocates for Intersex Youth, says Odiele will be a powerful champion for the intersex community and will help thrust medical procedures that try to “fix” intersex kids into the harsh focus they deserve.
As for concerns about cancer, Stred says there is not “good, long-term data” on whether someone with a condition such as AIS may develop cancer if testicles are not removed.
“The possible percentage chance of cancer is vastly overwrought,” says Stred, who specializes in pediatric endocrinology.
Zieselman says Odiele will partner with her advocacy group.
“I think her speaking out, having her voice added to the mix is going to culturally raise awareness in the mainstream,” she says, noting that groups such as the U. and the World Health Organization already condemn these surgeries as human rights violations.
“No surgical treatment until (individuals) have psychological support.