Alicia was a male at birth with the given name Zi-hua, but underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 18. She became popular following a number of appearances on a parody television programme, but was outed in January 2010 by a former schoolmate who posted his graduation photo online. In response, Alicia held a press conference where she stated that she was happy being a woman and that the past was not important, but only confirmed that she was a transsexual when interviewed by the China Times a week later. Supported by family, colleagues, and her agency, Alicia said: "To go public with my sex change was more of a help for me than hindrance, and it had not affected my life".
See also: Model, Chinese, TV Personality, Taiwanese, Transgender