Tallulah Eve Brown, 22, will be Britain’s Next Top Model’s first transgender contestant in the 11th season of the series.
The Winner of Miss Transgender Birmingham and active transgender rights campaigns, Brown feels good about winning: “…as there is no one like me”.
“The level of abuse I get is hurtful,” she says of living openly transgender. “…but if I was to report every instance of hate crime I’ve experienced to the police, I would be in court every single day.”
Despite the negativity toward her Tallulah wont let that get her down. “Instead, I just hold my head up high. There have been times where I could have potentially been beaten up, but I refuse to hide away and let these people see that they’ve upset me.”
“I don’t want to feel like a victim because it isn’t me with the problem. I’m not any less of a person just because I’m transgender.”
The franchise awarded the title to their first transgender contestant Loiza Lamers 20, In Holland’s Next Top Model. Although Loiza was the first transgender winner, there have been other transgender contestants who came close. Isis King, 30, was the first transgender contestant on America’s Next Top Model in 2011.
You can catch the new season of Britain’s Next Top Model hosted by Abby Clancy on March 16th at 9 P.M. on Lifetime. [GSN]