Shivin Ganesan is an Indian transgender model. In 2022, she appeared in the Star Vijay’s reality show Big Boss Tamil Season 6.
Shivin Ganesan was born in 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022) in Devakottai, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. Assigned male at birth, Shivin, since her childhood, was inclined towards dance and acting. According to Shivin, after hitting andolescence, her feminine behaviour became noticeable. A few years later, she revealed her gender orientation to her parents; however, since she was the only son in her family, her parents rejected her as a transgender and used to isolate her and physically harass her. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
I was locked in a room, and my family never let me out of the room; they served food through a small gap in the door. I was not allowed to even meet anyone in my own house, and they hit me on several occasions.”
Shivin, in her 20s, was sent to Singapore by her parents. According to Shivin, she was sent to Singapore for her sex reassignment surgeries. In an interview, she talked about this and said,
My mother sent me to Singapore as she could not live in India. Why did so many people leave India and come to Singapore because of sex donation.”
Shivin holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 32-28-32
Shivin belongs to a Tamil-speaking family.
Parents & Siblings
Shivin has a younger sister.
Shivin Ganesan is unmarried.
In one of the episodes of the reality show Big Boss Tamil Season 6, Shivin talked about her previous relationships. She said that she dated a boy for two years while she used to work as an IT professional in Chennai; however, her mother didn’t support her relationship and forced her to call it off. According to Shivin, her mother didn’t want her to date a boy because Shivin was transgender. In an interview, Shiven talked about this and said,
In my native place, we used to go to temples and temple festivals together. Everyone in my village knew about our relationship, and they adored it. But my mother never approved of it. She forced me to break up with him and said that the boy’s parents may curse me for being in a relationship with him because I am a transwoman.Since my mother forced me to break up with him, I eventually did so. Now, he has settled down in Singapore but I’ve heard from friends that he has developed some addictions. All I want for him is to stop them and find himself a good partner.”
In 2019, Shivin Ganesan started her career in modelling and used to participate in small-scale pageants. In 2021, she won the Miss Trans Star India pageant. In 2022, she was going to represent India at Miss Trans Star International which was held in Spain; however, since her VISA got rejected, she was unable to attend the event. The same year, she won the title of Miss Equality World India 2022.
In 2022, Shivin made her television debut with the Star Vijay’s reality show Big Boss Tamil Season 6 in which she appeared as a participant.
- Shivin Ganesan’s real name is Ranjan; after coming out as transgender, she changed her name to Shivin.
- Before venturing into modelling, Shivin used to work as a customer service representative at HCL Technologies, Chennai.
- Shivin volunteers as a teacher under the non-governmental organization Teach for Change. This NGO works for school children studying in government schools to improve literacy among them.
- Shivin Ganesan’s mentor in Big Boss Tamil Season 6 was Namitha Marimuthu, a transgender model and actress. Namitha appeared as a participant in Big Boss Tamil Season 5; however, owing to her illness, she left the reality show mid-way.