Chelsea Manning Is HOT Now In These New Swimsuit Photos — She Shares Life & Dating Details As Free Trans WOMAN After Obama Pardon

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She looks AWESOME.

When we were first introduced to Chelsea Manning, she donned a blonde wig and lip gloss in a black and white photograph.

She had just been sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted on 20 charges including violations of the Espionage Act, theft and computer fraud. Her lawyer sent the photo below to the Today show with the following statement. 

"As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back."

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Three years later, President Barak Obama reduced her sentence to the six years she had already served, and Chelsea was released.

While she's remained relatively quiet since gaining back her freedom, the now 29-year-old woman formally known as Bradley has stepped back into the spotlight with yet another photo we're sure will never forget.

In a recent interview with Vogue, she talked about what her life is like now living as a trans woman. 

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Since her release, Chelsea has been living in New York City, though she hopes to soon relocate to Maryland, where she once lived with her aunt and often considers one of the most stable periods in her life. When you take the past several years into consideration and understand her difficult childhood, you can see why. 

Chelsea grew up fast when at age 11, her father left home, which led her mother to swallow a bunch of pills.

Though she and her sister saved her mother's life that night, the struggle was far from over. In addition to growing up, dealing with the realization that she was gay, she also had to help her mom learn how to write checks and pay bills. 

For a brief period, she tried to live with her father and his new wife and her son, but couldn't deal with the feeling of being replaced — especially when the son changed his surname to Manning — and would often take running jumps at the wall and tell her mother she was "nobody now." 

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She told Vogue that the first time she considered transitioning was during that peaceful time in Maryland when she was 19. But she got scared and instead joined the military hoping it would help her find her true identity. 

Though Chelsea wishes she would have taken that leap in her early 20s, she says living life as a woman is as close to normal as she's ever felt. She started transitioning while in prison, and though she ended her health care benefits from the military after her release, she still continues to transition to a female. 

Surgery was promised to her while she was in prison, but she never received it. She hasn't spoken publicly on the matter since. 

"It feels like it’s how it’s supposed to be, instead of this anxiety, this uncertainty, this ball of self-consciousness that comes with pretending to be male,” she said. “It didn’t feel right. I didn’t know what it was. I couldn’t describe it. Now that’s gone.”

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As for the future, Chelsea has, for maybe the first time in her life, a sense of hope. She's focusing on herself, figuring out what kind of career she wants, and just adjusting to life as Chelsea. As for her dating life, she's not actively looking at the moment, at least not until she settles down in Maryland. 

“I’m not planning to be single," she told Vogue. 

No matter what obstacles or hate she faces — which a quick scan of her Twitter account will tell you she faces a lot and she often responds to it with heart and rainbow emojis — we're excited to see what Chelsea does next. 

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