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Alex Tilinca, transgender bodybuilder

Alex Tilinca, 18, who lives in Hicksville and grew up in Stony Brook, wants to become the first transgender man to win Mr. Olympia, which is considered the premier international event in the sport of bodybuilding. 

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder who grew up
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Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder, who grew up
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder, who grew up
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder, who grew up
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca strikes a pose while working out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder, who grew up
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca eats one of the meals on
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Alex Tilinca eats one of the meals on his strict and structured meal plan while watching bodybuilding videos on YouTube in his Hicksville aprtment on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, a transgender bodybuilder, who grew up
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, prepares to work out
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Alex Tilinca prepares to work out with training partner Estive Morales of Bayville at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, works out at Bev
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca works out with training partner Estive
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Alex Tilinca works out with training partner Estive Morales of Bayville at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, walks with his friend
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Alex Tilinca walks with his friend Belinda Cerutti of Port Washington while working out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, works out with his
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out with training partner Estive Morales of Bayville at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, works out with his
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca works out with training partner Estive Morales of Bayville at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, of Hicksville, makes an intra workout
Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Alex Tilinca makes an intra-workout stack drink before working out at Bev Francis Powerhouse Gym in Syosset on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019.

Alex Tilinca, performs in his homework while on
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Alex Tilinca does homework while on the Hofstra campus on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019.

Alex Tilinca is given assistance on setting up
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Alex Tilinca is given assistance on setting up his business by his mother, Monica, while visiting home on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019.

Alex Tilinca poses at the 2019 NPC Victor
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Alex Tilinca poses at the 2019 NPC Victor Martinez Legends Bodybuilding Championships at Hostos Community College in the Bronx on Aug. 24, 2019. Tilinca won first place in the Teen Men's Classic Physique competition and second in the Junior Men's Classic Physique competition

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