Chedino laughs
Chedino laughs

Chedino, backstage, during a Divas in Cabaret performance, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret was a lip-sync group formed by Chedino and which consisted of LGBTQI community members. The group performed covers of songs by Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, and Tina Turner.

Chedino sings
Chedino sings

Divas in Cabaret, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret performed in local bars and clubs on weekends for several years before disbanding in 2016.

Angel performs
Angel performs

Divas in Cabaret, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret performed in local bars and clubs on weekends for several years before disbanding in 2016.

Chedino in the garage
Chedino in the garage

At her mother’s house, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino cuts the hair of a friend
Chedino cuts the hair of a friend

Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Aside from her job in a call center, Chedino worked as a hairdresser to earn some extra money.

Chedino at the bar
Chedino at the bar

Chedino orders a drink during the Miss Temptation Beauty Pageant, an annual femgay/drag event, Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014. By this time, Chedino was no longer allowed to take part, as she had begun her hormone treatment.

Chedino in the morning
Chedino in the morning

Chedino with a hangover in the morning, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino cuts her cousin's hair
Chedino cuts her cousin's hair

Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino tucks
Chedino tucks

Chedino demonstrates how to tuck, Hannover Park, South Africa, 2017.

At fiancee Keagan's home
At fiancee Keagan's home

Hannover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Chedino smokes
Chedino smokes

Chedino smokes Hubbly Bubbly at a friend’s house, Westlake, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Hubbly Bubbly is a mix of marijuana and herbal paste which is smoked through a hookah or shisha pipe.

Chedino at Grote Schuur
Chedino at Grote Schuur

Chedino arrives at Groote Schuur Hospital for check-in, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The morning of Chedino's surgery
The morning of Chedino's surgery

6am: The day of Chedino’s surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017. caesarean

Chedino cries
Chedino cries

Chedino cries in a waiting room outside the operating theatre, moments before being wheeled into the operating theatre, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

At the end of the surgery
At the end of the surgery

The surgical team finishes up at the end of Chedino's gender reassignment surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The day after surgery
The day after surgery

A nurse checks Chedino’s dressings, a day after her gender reassignment surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

After 5 days in recovery
After 5 days in recovery

After spending 5 days in recovery, Chedino waits for the doctors to release her, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Welcome home party
Welcome home party

Chedino waits for people to arrive at a welcome home party that her fiancée Keagan organised for her, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The first look
The first look

12 days after her gender reassignment surgery, Chedino uses a mirror to take a first look at her new vagina, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017. It would take another year for everything to heal completely and function normally.

Chedino laughs
Chedino sings
Angel performs
Chedino in the garage
Chedino cuts the hair of a friend
Chedino at the bar
Chedino in the morning
Chedino cuts her cousin's hair
Chedino tucks
At fiancee Keagan's home
Chedino smokes
Chedino at Grote Schuur
The morning of Chedino's surgery
Chedino cries
At the end of the surgery
The day after surgery
After 5 days in recovery
Welcome home party
The first look
Chedino laughs

Chedino, backstage, during a Divas in Cabaret performance, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret was a lip-sync group formed by Chedino and which consisted of LGBTQI community members. The group performed covers of songs by Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, and Tina Turner.

Chedino sings

Divas in Cabaret, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret performed in local bars and clubs on weekends for several years before disbanding in 2016.

Angel performs

Divas in Cabaret, Elsies River, Cape Town, South Africa, 2012.

Divas in Cabaret performed in local bars and clubs on weekends for several years before disbanding in 2016.

Chedino in the garage

At her mother’s house, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino cuts the hair of a friend

Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Aside from her job in a call center, Chedino worked as a hairdresser to earn some extra money.

Chedino at the bar

Chedino orders a drink during the Miss Temptation Beauty Pageant, an annual femgay/drag event, Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014. By this time, Chedino was no longer allowed to take part, as she had begun her hormone treatment.

Chedino in the morning

Chedino with a hangover in the morning, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino cuts her cousin's hair

Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014.

Chedino tucks

Chedino demonstrates how to tuck, Hannover Park, South Africa, 2017.

At fiancee Keagan's home

Hannover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Chedino smokes

Chedino smokes Hubbly Bubbly at a friend’s house, Westlake, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Hubbly Bubbly is a mix of marijuana and herbal paste which is smoked through a hookah or shisha pipe.

Chedino at Grote Schuur

Chedino arrives at Groote Schuur Hospital for check-in, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The morning of Chedino's surgery

6am: The day of Chedino’s surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017. caesarean

Chedino cries

Chedino cries in a waiting room outside the operating theatre, moments before being wheeled into the operating theatre, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

At the end of the surgery

The surgical team finishes up at the end of Chedino's gender reassignment surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The day after surgery

A nurse checks Chedino’s dressings, a day after her gender reassignment surgery, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

After 5 days in recovery

After spending 5 days in recovery, Chedino waits for the doctors to release her, Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

Welcome home party

Chedino waits for people to arrive at a welcome home party that her fiancée Keagan organised for her, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017.

The first look

12 days after her gender reassignment surgery, Chedino uses a mirror to take a first look at her new vagina, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2017. It would take another year for everything to heal completely and function normally.

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