Erith woman in the running to be crowned Miss Transgender UK
First published Tuesday 2 June 2015 in News
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A transgender beauty from Erith is set to enter a national competition in a bid to challenge taboos of people undergoing a sex change.
Brooke Fewins, 26, started hormone therapy to change from male to female a year ago and is now competing to become Miss Transgender UK.
The hair and beauty student, originally from Greenwich, has already undergone breast enhancement and entered the competition in a bid to normalise transgender lifestyles.
Miss Fewins, who lives in Erith High Street, said: “I want to show that being transgender is just part of the way we live now.
“Me and mum don’t speak anymore so I also want to prove to her how normal it is.
“I want to be a role model to young transgender people and show them that being transgender is not what defines us, we define us.”
The competition is organised by a 34-year-old transgender woman from Cardiff, Rachael Bailey.
She set up the contest after noticing the lack of opportunities for transgender beauty queens.
She said: “There wasn’t really a national competition for young transgender women in the UK, and I wanted to create an event that would help to inspire confidence and celebrate all the wonderful girls out there.”
Miss Fewins is in the running for Miss Transgender UK
She joked: “If I win I’ll be getting a new nose.
“Seriously, I’ll be so proud to have taken a step to make people realise that transgender people are just like everyone else.”