Sex-change teen and aspiring model Jackie Green is hoping to be crowned Miss England.
After four suicide attempts Jackie, 18, from Leeds, became the youngest person in the world to undergo full gender reassignment surgery on her 16th birthday.
From being a toddler Jackie – who was born a boy and called Jack by her parents – always acted like a girl and insisted on wearing feminine clothes and playing with girls’ toys.
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-final.
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.
“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.
“It’s crazy to think that five years ago I hadn’t had my surgery and was really down at high school to see how things have changed.
“It’s really humbling and surreal.
“Hopefully now I can maybe help other people.”
Supportive mum 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.
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.
Voting closes on February 6 and for more information visit: www.missengland.info/regionals/photoheat4