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‘I was born a transgender person and this is always who I was meant to be’

Hairdresser Monique Carrick (40) never felt comfortable in her body growing up as a boy in 1980s Dublin. She began her medical transition three years ago and says she finally feels like her true self

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Monique Carrick pictured in her salon in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Monique Carrick pictured in her salon in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

Monique Carrick pictured in her salon in Dublin. Photo: Frank McGrath

“I was into very feminine things when I was growing up. I loved Barbie dolls and My Little Pony and I used to walk around with a tea cloth on my head and pretend it was long hair.

Little boys can be into feminine things and not be transgender. But I just loved feeling feminine and I used to be raging that I was born a boy.


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