A teenage transsexual has become the first sex swap patient to enter the Miss England beauty pageant. Jackie Green became the UK's youngest transsexual after an operation in Thailand on her 16th birthday.
The 18-year-old — who was born Jack but lived as a girl since age ten — was asked to enter by modelling scouts who had no idea of her history. The aspiring model, from Leeds, hopes to use the opportunity to speak out about bullying and transgender issues.
She said: "I went to the Britain's Next Top Model show in London and was really surprised when scouts came up to me. Miss England is a prestigious competition. I'd love to win. I've as good a chance as anyone." Jackie wanted to switch gender from the age of four. By ten she had long hair and wore a girl's uniform to school.
At 12 mum Susie, 43, took her to a US clinic for hormone treatment to stop her male puberty. The divorced IT manager then re-mortgaged her house to fund Jackie's £28,000 sex change operation. Bullying led her to attempt suicide five times. She said: "I can never thank my mum enough, she saved my life." She is in the Miss Fresh Photographic round of the contest where public votes decide who makes the semi-finals.