When James Harries appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 1991, you knew he wasn’t your typical 13-year-old boy. Featured as “Britain’s Youngest Tycoon,” Harries allegedly began a lucrative career when he was only four-years-old by collecting antique items from rummage sells and then reselling them for a profit.
“I was on a documentary and they put me with the average child. Then I saw the difference,” Harries explained to Oprah. “I couldn’t believe it. I really could see what actual people used to say about me. ‘Well, you’re different.’ I actually realized I was.”
Fast forward 24 years later, what was the young tycoon up to?
Well, despite having a successful business (his family even owned a Rolls Royce), when the recession hit, he and his family pretty much lost everything. Harries also realized that he wasn’t a boy, at all.
“It’s wonderful to be seen in America and to explain about my life. My name is now Lauren, and I’m a transgender woman. I’ve been through it all, and I’m here to tell the tale. If I could go back to the little boy I was on ‘The Oprah Show,’ I’d say, ‘This is my advice to you as a 13-year-old-boy… You are a girl. It’s your choice to do something now or to wait,'” Harries says. “I would have done it when I was 13 if I had the chance.”