Elliot Page is beaming in his latest Instagram post.
On Monday, the 34-year-old transgender actor debuted his top surgery, his "first swim trunks" and six-pack abs.
Top surgery – medically known as subcutaneous mastectomy – is a surgical procedure often performed on transgender men that removes breast tissue. It can sometimes leave two linear scars, which seems to be the case for the actor. Not all trans men choose to undergo top surgery.
In the photo – which he hashtagged #transjoy and #transisbeautiful – Page is seen standing shirtless at the shallow end of what looks like a backyard pool, wearing mid-thigh burgundy swim trunks and a chain around his neck. Up top is a baseball cap and some sunglasses, neither of which distract from his infectiously genuine smile.
It's the first time Elliot Page has been seen shirtless since coming out as trans late last year.
The Canadian-born actor first revealed he had undergone the procedure in an emotional interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
Elliot told Oprah the operation allowed him to "feel comfortable in my body for probably the first time," explaining that it had given him new life "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," he said. "And because there is such an attack on trans health care right now, when already there's such lack of access."
At the time, Page explained that his decision to speak publicly about his gender identity was prompted not only by the COVID-19 pandemic, but also by his desire to put a stop to anti-trans rhetoric in society, politics, social media and the news cycle.
"In this time we're in right now, and especially with this horrible backlash we're seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth," he added, "it really felt imperative."
When Winfrey asked what about his transition had brought him the "most joy," Page got emotional.
"It's getting out of the shower and the towel's around your waist and you're looking at yourself the mirror and you're just like, 'There I am,'" he said tearfully. "And I'm not having the moment where I'm panicked."
On December 1, 2020, Juno star Ellen Page took to social media to announce they were trans. Debuting their new name as Elliot Page, the Umbrella Academy star also specified that his personal pronouns were now he/him and they/them.
Among the hundreds of thousands of A-listers, fans, co-stars and members of the LGBTQIA+ community who praised Elliot for this authenticity and bravery were his then-wife, Emma Portner, and Netflix, which tweeted, "So proud of our superhero! We love you Elliot!"