German pop sensation Kim Petras is blonde, cute and just 16 - but she used to be a boy!
Kim has been tipped as the next big thing in Britain where her music is particularly popular.
Her new single ‘Die For You’ is the hottest tune on the UK's airwaves.
But at 16 she became the youngest person ever to have undergone a complete sex change and now Kim, or Tim as she used to be known, has attracted the interest of the British tabloids.
Kim first recieved attention when she uploaded a music video onto MySpace in 2007. A year later she released her debut single ‘Last Forever’, but it is her unusual life story which has caught the public’s imagination.
Tim knew early on in life that she was really a Kim!
The schoolgirl from Bonn started hormone therapy three years ago. Her parents supported her, but not everyone had sympathy for the teenager who felt she was born in the wrong body.
She relates some of her experiences and anxieties in her songs.
She said: “Earlier at school people said stupid stuff all the time. But it’s different now. I’ve moved to a private school.”
In October 2008 she completed the final big step in the sex change procedure. “The complete transformation is behind me now. Since then I am an actual girl.”
And what about her love life? “I’ve been in love with boys since I first started school, but at the moment I am single.”
UPDATE: 7 MAY 2010
Kim Petras up close and personal at the Comet awards
Teenage pop sensation Kim Petras is to work as a back stage reporter to cover this years Comet awards.
The job will see Kim walking along the red carpet to interview celebrities accompanied by her own film crew from an Australian TV station.
She will also have her own photographer after she signed a deal with the Europics photo agency where editor David Rogers explained: "Internationally and especially in the UK there is massive interest in Kim - and we have already signed several deals for exclusive coverage with magazines in the UK - America and Australia."
give it a try and do my best."
Kim has appeared on television shows anTalented Kim, who is still at school when not in the studio, said: "I am really honored that I was asked to cover the event -- and I'm really excited about going there to meet all the big names in the German music business."
Seventeen-year-old Kim, who has already worked as a model and been photographed by Benetton and as the face of the German hairdressing Unisex chain, said she was looking forward to being behind the camera rather than in front of it.
She said: "I am not claiming to be a journalist but if it gives me the chance to meet some of the really big names in the music business here that will be at the Comet awards then I'm happy to give it a try and do my best."
Kim has appeared on television shows and in magazines all over the world but has so far turned down requests to perform from London through to Rome while she continues to finish the material for her new album - and in order to make sure she has something worthwhile to show her fans.
At the age of 15 she was discovered by a music producer via Youtube, who went on to produce and release her first songs. Kim was also the power behind her first music video for her single "Die For You" that she wrote, and helped to produce, direct and star in.
Now she is producing her debut album with the producers of Bionic Ballroom (Michael Jackson, Ofra Haza, Thomas D) and delivers new demos she has composed herself to her team weekly - and there is a sneak preview of this exciting new work on her Youtube Videos, using an instrumental intro.
As an artist with not a euro spent on promotion or other marketing she has notched up millions of visitors - with her personal my space page along scoring a million without any friend adder systems. Her blog videos on her Youtube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/kimmilinlein) have scored thousands of hits often within hours of going live.
Her channel already has more than 1 million hits, and hosting for her homepage is having to be upgraded because it is unable to handle the requests from everything from the media through to old fans and new fans eager to know more.
Kim has certainly seen enough of the camera from one side and is keen now to go the other.
UPDATE: 10 July 2010
Sex swap pop girl´s model role
Sex swap pop sensation Kim Petras has been signed up as the body ambassador of a top fashion label. Kim - who became the world's youngest ever gender swap patient aged just 12 - has teamed up with German designer Lennart Wronkovitz to launch his new collection in Berlin this weekend.
Born a boy Kim - seen here wearing Lennart's designs - shot to fame last year with a series of raunchy singles and videos. Now she's posing for a sizzling set of modeling pictures for the 17-year-old designer that will show off her curves and his clothes for his Wronko label.
"I've done some modelling for him already and his clothes are really cool, new and modern," said Kim, from, Cologne, Germany.
"They show that he’s very creative and has his own ideas. All these patterns like flashes and shoulder pads and drastic colours and cuts.
"His fashion is exactly what I'd choose privately as well as in public – they are absolutely my style. Extravagant but a little street wear at the same time. Arty and cool," she added. But both stars still have to fit their careers in with their schoolwork, revealed Kim.
"Both of us don’t have as much time for school as other people because we do projects on the side. I told him about my music, he told me how he started and stuff. It was super interesting," she explained. Kim has already modelled for one of Germany's lead hair salons but said: "'I'm really looking forward to supporting the label."
"It's amazing that Lennart in his age has already designed and made his own collection. "His dad is a doctor and he runs his studio from the surgery. He's a special, dedicated guy," she added. And Lennart explained: "I am delighted to be working with Kim."
"She's this unique personality and that fits with my unique designs. She is really youthful, crazy and feminine. "She is also super self-confident and a personality that just shines. In addition she's really friendly and cool. I'm really looking forward to working with her."