One day after being released from a top-security US military prison, transgender former soldier Chelsea Manning —who served seven years for one of the largest dumps of classified documents in US history — unveiled her new look on Friday.
Manning, a former army intelligence analyst, posted a picture of herself on social media with short blonde hair, lipstick and mascara, wearing a V-neck navy blue top with white trim.
The photo replaced an old Twitter profile picture that had shown Manning in her previous incarnation as Bradley Manning, a male soldier in military uniform and beret.
On her release from Fort Leavenworth's all-male prison on Thursday, Manning had vowed to put her previous life behind her and said she was "excited" about the future.
Her social media posts immediately after her release showed people clinking champagne glasses with the caption, "Here's to a new beginning."
Another post showed a single slice of pepperoni pizza on a plate, with the words "So, I'm already enjoying my first hot, greasy pizza," followed by a smiley-face emoticon.