Elliot Page: Actor wins praise for sharing swimming shorts image after top surgery


Elliot Page has won praise for posing bare-chested for the first time since coming out as trans in December.

An Instagram post shared by the actor showed him smiling while posing in a pool in swimming shorts alongside the words #transjoy and #transisbeautiful.

Page, 34, previously described his top surgery – where breast tissue is removed – as “life-saving”.

Speaking to Oprah Winfrey last month he said it made him “feel comfortable” in his body “for probably the first time”.

The Umbrella Academy star tearfully explained why his chest had brought him the “most joy” in transitioning.

“It’s getting out of the shower and the towel’s around your waist and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like, ‘There I am’. And I’m not having the moment where I’m panicked,” he said during the Apple TV interview.

Page’s Instagram post has already received over two million likes and a wave of supportive celebrity comments praising his new appearance.

“Dude I see why you crushed me on that workout!” actor Justin Cornwell commented. “Hot” added singer Miley Cyrus, alongside a heart emoji.

The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev said: “You look amazing… and most of all happy.” Julianne Moore, who starred with Page in the film Freeheld, wrote: “Happy summer” accompanied by a flame emoji.

The Good Place star Jameela Jamil also posted in recognition, tweeting that she was pleased to see Page “thriving”.

Winfrey, meanwhile, shared her support by reposting the image on the Oprah Daily Instagram account.

“This is what happiness looks like!” she wrote. “Looks like Elliot will be shining brighter than the sun this summer.”

‘Freeing experience’

Page, a prominent LGBT advocate, also used the pair’s April interview to reveal how the surgery had given him a new energy in fighting for trans rights, “because it is such a freeing, freeing experience”.

“Not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it’s been life-saving and it’s the case for so many people. And because there is such an attack on trans healthcare right now, when already there’s such lack of access,” he continued.

Page was referring to laws in Arkansas and further legal fights across the US threatening to ban young transgender people from accessing certain medical treatments.


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