I'm having a sex change to look like Harry Styles: Transgender girl models new image on One Direction star
14:20 GMT, 20 November 2012
Like many young girls, Catrina Best thinks Harry Styles is the perfect man. But unlike his many teenage fans, Catrina doesn't want to be with the One Direction star – she wants to look like him.
The 20-year-old, who has been diagnosed as transgender, has modelled her hair and spent thousands on clothing so she can look just like the pop singer.
'Dressing as Harry made me feel
confident, so I copied his hair too,' Catrina told this week's Closer magazine. 'I spend 30 minutes
every day perfecting the “Harry look.”'
Gotta be you: Transgender Catrina Best, left, has modelled her look on One Direction's Harry Styles, right
Catrina told the magazine she thinks Harry, 18, is the 'perfect boy' and having him as a role model has made it easier as she has struggled with her sexuality.
The law student, who was born in Northern Ireland, said she has felt different since the age of five when she hated looking at all feminine by having long hair or wearing dresses.
When she was 11 she moved to Lisbon, Portugal, with her parents and found she continued to struggle with her identity as a teenager. She often felt depressed and confused because she didn't fancy boys and was bullied because she made herself look different by binding her breasts and having short hair.
Catrina in her youth: She was born a girl but now wants to be a boy using the One Direction star as her role model
'I later realised I wanted to be with
girls – but as the male in a straight relationship,' she said of her
confusion over her sexual preference.
Catrina said it was a 'huge relief' to finally be diagnosed as transgender earlier this year.
She is now saving up to have an operation and plans to take hormones which will give her facial hair and deepen her voice.
In the meantime, she is modelling her look on Harry having been a fan of One Direction since they appeared on The X Factor.
Pop idol: Catrina said Harry, pictured far right with his bandmates, has helped her battle with her sexuality
As well as copying his clothes and hair, she's also learning to play the guitar. Her new image is so uncanny she has often been mistaken for the singer.
She said: 'People say my bone structure, eyes and lips are almost identical to Harry's, and I’ve been asked for autographs. I haven't started dating yet, but girls flirt with me and I even get chatted up by older women, like Harry does!'
Read Catrina's full story in Closer magazine, on sale today, or visit www.closeronline.co.uk