The youngest teenager in the world to undergo a sex change operation gets expressive about the surgery that changed her life.
German Kim Petras was born Tim but wanted to be a girl from the age of two.
The operation - conducted secretly last month - was authorised after psychologists confirmed that Kim was ''without doubt a girl in a boy's body''.
Kim, now aged 16, is famous in Germany for having started hormone replacement therapy as part of her gender transition by the age of 12.
''I was asked if I feel like a woman now - but the truth is I have always felt like a woman - I just ended up in the wrong body,'' the Sun quoted her, as saying.
''I can enjoy swimming, and bikinis, go in the changing rooms without a problem, everything has changed because of this operation. I just can't wait to put on my favourite bathing suit and go swimming like I've never done before.
''I had to wait until my 16th birthday but once that was past I was able legally to have the operation,'' she added.
Dr Bernd Meyenburg, who treats patients with identity disorders at the University of Frankfurt Hospital, said: ''Very few youth psychiatrists have any experience with transsexual developments. The families wander from one psychiatrist to the next.
''I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager - I realised that in some cases it is the right decision.
''Kim is such a case - she always knew what she wanted,'' Meyenburg added.
Kim has a modelling career behind her and has launched a CD of music to critical acclaim.