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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

Constant pain
Constant pain

Chedino recovers at Keagan’s home, comforted by Maria, his mother, 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.

3 wedding rings
3 wedding rings

Keagan slides the last of three wedding rings onto Chedino’s finger during their marriage ceremony, Marriage Office, Department of Home Affairs, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. According to Chedino, Keagan insisted on three wedding rings “ to show me that he will always try and give me nothing but the best.”

Husband & Wife
Husband & Wife

Chedino and Keagan kiss after they have been pronounced husband and wife, as their witnesses Gavin & Chedino’s cousin Keyoma look on, Marriage Office, Department of Home Affairs, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Chedino's wedding dress
Chedino's wedding dress

Diana, one of Chedino’s bridesmaids, careful unpacks Chedino’s wedding dress so that she can steam and iron it, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Wedding day
Wedding day

Chedino and Keagan walk towards their limousine, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.


Chedino gets into the limousine
Chedino gets into the limousine

Surrounded by curious neighbours Chedino gets into the limousine which will take her to the wedding venue at Muizenberg Civic Centre, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Claremont Gardens
Claremont Gardens

Chedino gets out of the limousine at Claremont Gardens, a famous spot for wedding pictures, Claremont Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. The weather was so bad that, moments later, Chedino decided not to go ahead with her pictures, and told the driver to take them straight to Muizenberg Civic Centre.

Mr & Mrs Martin
Mr & Mrs Martin

Keagan addresses his new wife, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Bride and bridesmaids
Bride and bridesmaids

From left to right: Chedino’s cousin Keyoma, Melissa, Chedino’s sister Nikita, Chedino, Diana, Wilma & Jada, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Groom and groomsmen
Groom and groomsmen

From left to right: Chedino’s younger brother Clinton, Chedino’s cousin Denomian, Keagan, Cassiem, Gavin & Keagan’s cousin Malik, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

One year anniversary
One year anniversary

Chedino & Keagan relax in bed, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

Chedino's lashes
Chedino's lashes

Chedino shows off her new fake eye lashes, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

Chedino & Keagan at St. James Beach
Chedino & Keagan at St. James Beach

Chedino & Keagan enjoy a quiet moment, St. James Beach, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

Chedino laughs
Angel performs
Chedino sings
Chedino at the bar
Chedino in the garage
Chedino cuts the hair of a friend
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
Constant pain
The first look
3 wedding rings
Husband & Wife
Chedino's wedding dress
Wedding day
Chedino gets into the limousine
Claremont Gardens
Mr & Mrs Martin
Bride and bridesmaids
Groom and groomsmen
One year anniversary
Chedino's lashes
Chedino & Keagan at St. James Beach
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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

Constant pain

Chedino recovers at Keagan’s home, comforted by Maria, his mother, 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.

3 wedding rings

Keagan slides the last of three wedding rings onto Chedino’s finger during their marriage ceremony, Marriage Office, Department of Home Affairs, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. According to Chedino, Keagan insisted on three wedding rings “ to show me that he will always try and give me nothing but the best.”

Husband & Wife

Chedino and Keagan kiss after they have been pronounced husband and wife, as their witnesses Gavin & Chedino’s cousin Keyoma look on, Marriage Office, Department of Home Affairs, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Chedino's wedding dress

Diana, one of Chedino’s bridesmaids, careful unpacks Chedino’s wedding dress so that she can steam and iron it, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Wedding day

Chedino and Keagan walk towards their limousine, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.


Chedino gets into the limousine

Surrounded by curious neighbours Chedino gets into the limousine which will take her to the wedding venue at Muizenberg Civic Centre, Heideveld, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Claremont Gardens

Chedino gets out of the limousine at Claremont Gardens, a famous spot for wedding pictures, Claremont Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018. The weather was so bad that, moments later, Chedino decided not to go ahead with her pictures, and told the driver to take them straight to Muizenberg Civic Centre.

Mr & Mrs Martin

Keagan addresses his new wife, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Bride and bridesmaids

From left to right: Chedino’s cousin Keyoma, Melissa, Chedino’s sister Nikita, Chedino, Diana, Wilma & Jada, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

Groom and groomsmen

From left to right: Chedino’s younger brother Clinton, Chedino’s cousin Denomian, Keagan, Cassiem, Gavin & Keagan’s cousin Malik, Muizenberg Civic Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018.

One year anniversary

Chedino & Keagan relax in bed, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

Chedino's lashes

Chedino shows off her new fake eye lashes, Hanover Park, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

Chedino & Keagan at St. James Beach

Chedino & Keagan enjoy a quiet moment, St. James Beach, Cape Town, South Africa, 2019.

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