Born male to an upper-middle-class family in Champasak Province, Laos, where her parents are doctors, and the oldest of 4 children, Piyada had always felt like a girl when she was young. When she became a teenager, she “was embarrassed to dress as a man”. After a trip to Thailand where she saw how beautiful transgender girls were, Piyada decided to transition to become a girl and sought the blessings of her conservative father to undergo a full sex change. She completed her sex reassignment surgery in Thailand at the age of 19.
Piyada has said that surgery has made her more confident “wearing tight pants” and as a woman.
After her transition, Piyada went to Thailand to seek opportunities and kickstart her modeling career as she has long held aspirations to become a model.