Jazz Jennings’ opens up about the challenges she faced with gender confirmation surgery

Jazz Jennings is revealing that her recent gender confirmation surgery was not without its complications.

The star of TLC’s “I Am Jazz,” which documents her life as a trans teen, spoke with “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang for a segment that aired Monday. Jennings, 18, said she knew from a young age that she was a girl, though she was assigned male at birth.

“When I was 2 years old, I went up to my mom and asked her, ‘When is the good fairy going to come with her magic wand and change my penis into a vagina?’ ” she said. 

In June, the reality star had gender confirmation surgery, but she said there were several challenges along the way. Prior to the operation, she had to shed 30 pounds, which she said was difficult.

“That was really, really challenging because I had an addiction to food,” she said. “And it was something that gave me comfort. And I had to let that go because the surgery is so much more important to me than any slice of cake or pizza.”

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