Supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she was born intersex

The 28-year-old says she has decided to go public in order to raise awareness of what intersex means and campaign on behalf of the community.

She is one of the first high profile people to share their intersex status.

Intersex is a broad term which describes a variety of different conditions where internal and external sex organs don't fit typical male and female definitions.

"I have reached a point in my life where I feel ready to share this important part of who I am," Hanne said.

Model reveals she is intersex to 'break taboo'

Hanne Gaby Odiele, 29, was born with undescended testicles, which were removed when she was 10 after doctors warned that they could cause cancer.

Intersex people are born with a mixture of male and female sex characteristics.

According to the United Nations, the condition affects up to 1.7% of the world's population.

Ms Odiele, originally from Belgium, was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS), which causes girls to have XY chromosomes usually found in boys.