Teenager who became youngest in UK to have full sex change says 'I want to be Miss England'Jackie Green – formerly Jack – underwent surgery to become a woman in Thailand on her 16th birthday
A teenager who became the youngest person in Britain to have a full sex change is hoping to be crowned Miss England.
After four suicide attempts, Jackie Green, 18, from Leeds, underwent surgery to become a woman on her 16th birthday.
Ever since she was a toddler, Jackie – who was
born a boy and named Jack – always acted like a girl
and insisted on wearing feminine clothes and playing with girls’ toys.
Teenage dreams: Jackie Green, pictured on TV show Lorraine Live today, hopes to be crowned Miss England just two years after she underwent a full sex change operation
Her parents came to terms with the
fact she was really a girl trapped inside a boy’s body and spent, in
total, 28,000 on her treatment.
At her lowest point, the teenager even threatened to cut off her own genitals with a knife.
Now Jackie has her sights set on a model future as she dreams of a place in the Miss England semi-finals.
She said: 'It’s a little strange because there are so many other really gorgeous girls in the competition.
'It would be amazing to win and I just hope it makes other people see that there is a lot more to life than getting bullied.'
New life: Jackie Green was the youngest person in Britain to undergo a sex change two years ago
Prayers answered: Jackie, pictured just before surgery, had her operation on her 16th birthday in Thailand
She added: 'When I was younger I never really
had anyone else to look up to in the same position. I would have never
imagined this, not in a million years.'
Her supportive mother Susie added: 'If she went on to win I would be very proud of her.
'She has stuck herself out there and knew she would get flak for it. Some comments on websites haven’t
been very kind but she is aware of that and thinks why should that stop
me, I’m the same as anyone else.'
Jackie is currently leading the public vote in her heat of the popular beauty contest.
When she was Jack: Jackie, pictured with her mother Susie (left) , knew she was a girl trapped in a boy's body from an early age. She now dreams of following in the footsteps of Miss England 2011 Alize Mounter (right)
The top three will then go through to a
judging panel before a lucky model is given the coveted spot in the
semi-finals of Miss England.
A spokesman for the competition said: 'There's not much we could do legally to stop her entering.
'We did agonise over it, but as she is a woman she fits the bill and is an affable young lady.'
Jackie underwent a seven-hour sex change operation in Thailand, where under 18s can have the surgery, two years ago.
After years of bullying and torment, she now claims to lead a normal life and has a boyfriend.