This week, TIME Magazine featured 11-year-old transgirl Nikki, born Niko, on the publication’s Lightbox multimedia website.
Photographer Gillian Laub spent a few days earlier this summer with Nikki and her family in Southern California. The product of her visit is the multimedia piece above, which illustrates Nikki’s life post-transition.
“Nikki told me she spent the first ten years of her life feeling like she was in the wrong body, almost betrayed by it,” Laub told TIME. “After the transition, she finally felt happy…I wanted to convey the new feeling of freedom and liberation.”
Watch Nikki’s multimedia piece above. Click here to read the full story as it was featured on TIME’s Lightbox website.