When looking at this handsome man it’s hard to imagine that he started off as a woman. He was born as Yvonne Buschbaum in 1980, and is a former German pole vaulter. Balian was the second best female pole vaulter in Germany, but in 2007 he told that he wanted to begin gender reassignment therapy and in 2008 Balian underwent gender reassignment surgery. He said at the time, “I feel as if I am a man and have to live my life in the body of a woman. I am aware of the fact that transs##uality is a fringe issue, and I do not want to be responsible for it remaining on the fringe.» His transformation will definitely become an inspiration to others.