It’s a crazy, uncertain and unprecedented time – all over the globe. So let’s take some much-needed time out to meet Cynthia Luna Frost.

Cynthia is a 24-year-old vocalist, creative and poet. Based in the southern Sweden, she is also the founder and lead vocalist of Snow I.U and the founder of Snowfest. Since transitioning, Cynthia has also become an alternative model. We caught up with Cynthia to learn about her personal journey and here’s what she told us…

“My journey so far has been an odd one, for sure. I initially started my transition journey when I was around 11 to 12 years old. I realised from an early age that ‘something’ was not right. When I turned to the healthcare system, they more or less told me I was too young to know what I wanted and who I was and didn’t want to help me start my transition. So being the artist that I am, I put on my mask, built walls around me and created a persona that was merely an image, a role that I took on from that point and onward. Until spring 2018, that was.

I had just turned 22 and after talking to some friends I met via Facebook, they helped me realise that I cannot live my life as an empty shell, devoid of happiness because I deny myself the right to be myself.

So after some pondering, I found my way back to the road I had once travelled and retraced my steps to finally be able to convince the healthcare system that I was ready to start my journey proper. After they realised the error of their ways in the past they assured me that they would help me begin my transition.

February 16th 2019 was the day I came out publicly to the world. I had told my close friends, my band members and my family about it prior to this and they all stood behind me as the video I recorded dropped. That was also the first time I publicly spoke my name, my real one. I had known the name I would change to once I was allowed to do so since before I first tried to get help with my transitioning. I don’t know how it came to me but it just stuck and I couldn’t be happier to finally speak it out loud to the public, that fateful day.

One month later, the name change was finalised and approved by the state. It was now official… no longer would I be someone I was not, I would finally be able to be called ‘Cynthia’ every time someone spoke my name.

Since then, I have undergone permanent hair removal across my face, and visited the specialist team here in Sweden twice. The queue times are very long and I can see why people chose to give up during their own journey.”

Childhood

“I can’t really remember exactly when I first started to feel like I was not in the correct gendered body, but I do know it was during my younger grade school years. I must have been 7 to 9 years old, at the most. As a child, there were definitely signs that I was uncomfortable being a boy, but I kept them hidden from the public eye. That’s one thing that is rather… unique about me – I hid all of the signs very well and didn’t raise any suspicion whatsoever. Mainly because I knew it was gonna be hard for the world to understand and I didn’t want to upset anyone.  But a few of them were:

  • Hating public changing rooms – I still do to this day.
  • Always getting along better with the girls than the boys.
  • Looking up to the people who had started their own transitions and/or were ‘done’ with it. I saw them as heroes and I still do. They helped me get to where I am today.”

Family

“With regards to my family, they’ve adapted very well to the changes, I have to this day not received any bad blood or negative comments from anyone in my family.”


Sharing the journey

“I’ve always been a public person, since a young age I realised that singing was my passion. So I pursued that passion and I will probably do so until the day that I shed this mortal coil and leave this plane of existence.

So with me being a public person and all, I was worried how the world would grasp the fact that I was transgender… something I didn’t need to worry about at all as the world took it just as well as my family did.

Sharing my passion and my experiences is something I have done through music and song for many years. I am an experienced live musician, public speaker and I’m not afraid to stand on a stage in front of a big crowd, something that plays a big role in why I am open to speak about my journey through this whimsical show that we call ‘life’ and everything I have and will go through.”

Being yourself

“Going back to what I said earlier about seeing other transgender persons as heroes when I was young, I realised that when I came out – I would join their ranks. After realising just what that meant I thought to myself, ‘what can I do to stand out among my peers and inspire others… how can I put my unique twist on the role of ‘hero’? And always being a rebel, I took the concept and ran with it.

I am not too fond of categories and such, so this next statement is not meant as an insult or somesuch, it’s merely an observation that I have made and the terminology will help out with understanding my thought process:

Most of the transgender people I know are what society deems ‘normal’; they dress in clothes that you can buy at pretty much any retail store, don’t go super crazy with their looks and so on… I decided to break the norm.

Historically, it’s been very rare to see alternative transgender people so I told myself that I would gladly bear the torch for those who want to follow my lead and show their true selves, even in the alternative lifestyles.

So after coming out I picked up modelling, something that had been only a distant dream in the past. And once again, I broke the norm and went down the route of alternative modelling. I hope that when other transgender people who may have that alternative blood within them (not saying it’s any different than anyone else’s blood) will get inspired and carve their own way through the jungle of lifestyles out there.

I have also been vlogging for a little over a year now. Nothing super fancy just yet, but I’m hoping to one day afford having an editor on board who can help me take these to the next level. I speak about what happens in my life, give thanks to all of my loyal Cynners (my fans) and connect with the person watching on a more personal level than just writing plain texts.

Recently, I’ve also ben looking into doing talks and seminars about my journey, sharing how I came to be who I am today, the hardships I went through and to plant a seed within those who do not know much about the LGBTQIA+ community in general, to show them that there is no need for labels, tags or such… we’re all people.

Of course, with my music, I always aim to inspire others too. I wanted the listener to be taken away from reality and be inspired to create. It was only during 2019 I finally could put my finger on what I was looking to do with my music. I wanted people to use their imagination, to unlock that childlike sense of wonder that we all lost when we ‘grew up’ and entered the adult world. Within your mind lies the keys to every single door in the known world… and the doors are right in front of you, ready to be opened. I want the listener to realise this fact by performing my music to them, show my creativity and be by their side as they open the first of many doors.

Connect with Cynthia

The easiest way to contact me is via Facebook, as I check my feed and messages frequently and I respond as soon as I can. Although I also have an e-mail address set up where I can be reached for business inquiries, listed at the bottom of the list below.

Thank you

“I’d like to say a big thank you to Yvette and Analee from You Girl Boy for wanting to feature me, I am honoured beyond belief. I would also like to say ‘thank you’ to YOU the reader, for taking the time to read this interview and listening to a bit of my story. I would very much like to extend my hand and welcome you to my family of Cynners over on Facebook, and I hope that I will see you among my Cynners very soon.”

Photo credits:

All MODEL pictures are taken by Helena Mattson (Häxans Foton)

All LIVE pictures are taken by Bosse Pettersson