Jocelyn Yendall

Jocelyn Yendall

Gateshead woman to compete for Miss Transgender UK title
16:00, 9 MAY 2015
BY WILL METCALFE
Jocelyn Yendall first knew she wanted to be a girl aged three, more than 20 years on she’s set to compete in Miss Transgender UK
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Miss Transgender UK hopeful Jossy Yendall from GatesheadMiss Transgender UK hopeful Jossy Yendall from Gateshead

An aspiring beauty queen is hoping to pick up a pageant crown with a difference.

Jocelyn Yendall, from Low Fell, Gateshead, is set to compete in Miss Transgender UK in August.

She first started dressing as a woman when she was a teenager and began gender reassignment at the age of 21. A carer and aspiring actress and performer Jocelyn, known as Jossy to her friends, said she realised she was transgeder as a youngster.

Now in her late 20s she has undergone gender reassignment surgery and lives as a woman full time.

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She said: “The first time I ever expressed a desire to be a girl was when I was about three years old.

“A friend of the family asked me what I wanted to be when I was older, I replied that I wanted to be a girl.”

Brought up in a Catholic household, Jossy said she endured teasing as a child and as a teenager but her transition was accepted by her family.

Miss Transgender UK hopeful Jossy Yendall from GatesheadMiss Transgender UK hopeful Jossy Yendall from Gateshead
She added: “I knew deep down by the time I was 15 that I was female.

“I didn’t simply ‘feel’ like a girl, I just was.

“It’s amazing how far we have come in the past 14 years, there was no real support for kids like me and when I did begin to get professional help I was told to ‘just be gay’ until you know for sure.”

Growing up she said she was inspired by Israeli pop singer Dana International’s appearance in Eurovision along with Nadia Alamada, the Portuguese transsexual who appeared in Big Brother.

It was the coverage the pair received on TV that helped her to realise she was a woman living in a male body. In 2011 Jossy undertook hormone treatment and four years on her transition is complete.

Despite what she calls a positive experience Jossy refuses to talk about the name she was born with as, she said, this is in the past.

After completing a performing arts degree at Northumbria University the Gateshead woman went on to be a finalist in Newcastle’s Alternative Model in 2012 and Drag Idol the following year.

Performing under the name Madame Jocelyn, Jossy said despite being ‘post-op’ her drag performances are more about the gender of the performance rather than the performer.

She added: “I entered into Newcastle Alternative Model 2012, and was a finalist.

“This was my first experience of being in front of a camera. I think that a still image can send a very powerful message and that is one of the reasons why I like modelling.

“I have a very supportive family and my story is a positive one.

“I think it’s good to show this in a positive light, especially if it can help anyone else.”

 

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