So lucky but hard to win over potential in-laws: Transgender

So lucky but hard to win over potential in-laws: Transgender

Despite her engagement falling through earlier this month, Miss Sarah Schmitzkova, 25, considers herself lucky.

Lucky because she had her family's support when she decided to have gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2009.

Miss Schmitzkova was born Muhammad Iz'aan Mohd Sazali, but she took her Russian stepfather's surname when she became a woman.

Now the director of a Muslim undertaker company, the pretty and statuesque lady confesses that she started cross-dressing at the age of 15.

Although she did not contemplate gender reassignment then, she did feel "increasingly abnormal" day by day.

As chance would have it, her grandfather caught her during one of her cross-dressing sessions.

"He told me I cannot be in-between, because I was neither here nor there. He said I should go all the way if I wanted to be a woman.

"He was okay with it as long as I was a good person," she recalls.

Her family supported her as they had seen feminine attributes in her since she was a child.

Miss Schmitzkova says her mother, whom she is closest to, has been with her every step of the way.

"She paid for my breast augmentation and is a strong woman I look up to. She is definitely also my best friend whom I tell everything to," she said.

Her ex-boyfriend and almost-fiance was also accepting, initially. (She makes it a point to tell all about her sex change operation on the first date.)

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