Talulah-Eve-Brown is the first transgender contestant in Britain’s Next Top Model history, opening up to Ferne Cotton about her struggles growing up.
The 22-year old model appeared on ITV’s Lorraine to discuss her transition. Sitting down with Fearne Cotton, Talulah recalled her experiences growing up, and the positive response she got from her fellow BNTM contestants when she revealed she was transgender.
“Growing up it was a little bit difficult for me because I didn’t understand what I was. There was no real education about it when I was growing up – not even about being gay or anything, let alone transgender.”
“I didn’t understand what I was until I read a story about [transgender reality star] Nadia Almada from Big Brother and thought ‘oh my god, this is me!’ I knew from that moment on, I was the same as her. But people at school were never going to understand that, so it was easier for me to come out as gay.
It wasn’t until Brown got older, that she decided to embrace her true self. “… as I got older I started to experiment, and thought, you know what? I don’t care what people think anymore, I’m just going to be me and be happy.”
Talulah also revealed how the overwhelmingly positive reaction from the public had had a positive impact on her home life. “Doing it so publicly has really helped my family accept me because they’re seeing the support from people. My grandma thinks I’m crazy to be honest.”
Previously, the model had admitted to dealing with serious amounts of abuse for wanting to be herself: “The level of abuse I get is hurtful, but if I was to report every instance of hate crime I’ve experienced to the police, I would be in court every single day,” she said.
“Instead, I just hold my head up high. There have been times where I could have potentially been beaten up, but I refuse to hide away and let these people see they’ve upset me. I don’t want to be a victim because it isn’t me with the problem.
“I’m not any less of a person just because I’m transgender.”