14:06, May 18 142 0

2017-05-18 14:06:06

 

This is Chelsea Manning as we’ve never seen her before

“Okay, so here I am everyone!!”

With those words, Chelsea Manning revealed her true and authentic self, in a caption to her first Instagram post as a free woman. Manning was released Wednesday from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, as a result of the bulk of her 35-year-sentence being commuted by President Obama.

Manning added the hashtag, #HelloWorld

Until now, the only image the world has seen of the convicted Wikileaker were pre-transition photos of her wearing her military uniform, her hair in a traditional male crew cut, a grainy selfie of her wearing an ill-fitting wig and an artist’s sketch of how she imagined she’d look if she ever got the chance to be free.

What a difference freedom makes. Manning appears with mascara, lipstick, and her short blonde natural hair styled in a very femme fashion.

And as proof perhaps that two years and three months of hormone replacement therapy has helped in her medical transition, Manning posed for this photo out of uniform in a stylish top that is open to her midriff, revealing just a glimpse of her right breast.

Let us know what you think of her new look in the comments.


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