Nottingham woman hopes to be crowned Miss Transgender UK
By JonPritchard | Posted: June 08, 2015

Rhian Clarke and (inset) as a young boy when she was known as Rathel

Rhian Clarke and (inset) as a young boy when she was known as Rathel
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When Rhian Clarke left Nottingham to go to university she didn’t feel comfortable being herself in her home city.

But six years on she will be proudly representing Nottingham in the first ever Miss Transgender UK pageant later this year.

The 25-year-old, from Nuthall, said she wants to help raise awareness of transgender issues in Nottingham.

She said: “It’s not a big thing in Nottingham like it is in some places so I just want to raise awareness of it really.

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“I always knew who I was deep down. I grew my hair long and wore dresses from when I was about five, but when I went to secondary school I would get bullied.

“As soon as I was 19, I knew I wanted to get away so I moved to Manchester for university, and met up with some transgender girls there, and that’s when I started taking my hormones.”

Miss Clarke said she is now happily settled in Nuthall and has met up with old friends from school who support her, as well as having continued support from her family.

She said: “Everyone has been really supportive of me and I’m really happy as who I am now.”

The competition will see 20 women compete in the final, and has four modelling contracts up for grabs for the winners.

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“I’d love to win it,” she added. “I’ve done some modelling before and the show is being broadcast on Channel 4 so it will be great to get some coverage on there.”

Her mother, Sharon Pople, who lives in Radford, said: “Of course it was difficult for the family at first, but we all support her.

“We all sat down and talked about it and we support her in everything she does.

“She is happy with who she is and I’m really glad she’s entered the competition. It would mean the world to her if she won it.

“I 100 per cent think she can.”

Rachel Bayley, who runs Miss Transgender UK, said: “This is the first year we are running it, and we can cater for up to 200 entrants.

“I know Rhian well and we are looking forward to the competition.

“There is four rounds, the first in casual clothes, and then there are three questions they have to answer; about their home life, education and the positive message of being transgender.

“This way, the competition will be judged fairly on ability as well as looks.”

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  • Holy moly Shella! This is just bloody levloy. Cornflower blue tones look incredible as does the whole day and the very radiant bride and groom. Love her dress too (well done Joanne!) Gorgeous (Ps fave bridesmaid shot with the flowers, it’s so cute!!) x

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