The New Year bells have started chiming with a new tone. A wave of changes is coming in 2017.

Well, the very first change we noticed to have in the near future (or should we say the next month!) — a 9-year-old girl, Avery Jackson from Kansas City, is going to become the first transgender person to appear on the cover of National Geographic (January 2017 issue) – a magazine that is 128-year-old.

The little transgender rights advocate has drawn praise worldwide since the news came out.

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The publication is escalating the issue — Gender Revolution. National Geographic is also releasing a special documentary solely devoted to trans issues.

By just taking a glimpse at the girl with tangles of pink-streaked hair, you’d definitely fall in love with her confident gaze — a girl who until 2012 dressed, talked to or expected to be a boy.

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Growing up, “I really just wanted to be myself,” Avery told USA TODAY. “I’m just a girl.”

An elated mother, Debi Jackson, tweeted her daughters’ cover with a pinch of excitement.

“My daughter is a girl in her heart. She knows it, God knows it, and that’s good enough for me,” Jackson said to Refinery29.

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Since National Geographic is enlisted amongst other publications like Vanity Fair, TIME, and Harper’s Bazaar, which have recently featured transgender cover stars for the first time, this is a welcome move.

And, lots of love Avery! Keep the swag on!

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