DETERMINED to inspire others like her, a trans woman wants to be on a TV modelling competition.
Becoming one of the contestants on Britain’s Next Top Model is just one of Amber Destiny Jo’s goals to become a role model in the local LGBTQ+ community.
The 20-year-old from Havant said: ‘I want to show other trans women that they can do anything.
‘I was inspired by Talulah-Eve who is transgender and was on last year’s series and I have not had surgery or hormones so I want to be a role model for others like me and show we can still be feminine without all that.’
Amber decided to become a woman when she was 16 years old after coming out as gay when she was younger.
She said: ‘At school we did a fashion show and the teacher thought it would be good to get the boys involved as well.
‘I had my hair and makeup done and when I was in a dress I turned to my teacher and said I had never felt more comfortable and that I think I should have been born a woman.
‘My teacher asked me if I had ever heard of trans women before and from then I have been Amber.’
Amber, who wants breast surgery and hormone treatments in the future, explained she has faced a lot bullying and online abuse.
She said: ‘I live in a community where I feel as though I am the only one like me and people are not tolerant of the choices I have made and I have faced lots of abuse.
‘I have had mental breakdowns and tried to commit suicide because of how those people made me feel but I have found confidence to be who I am.’
In the future Amber would like to open a hostel in Portsmouth to give members of the LGBTQ+ community a place to go.
She said: ‘If I were to win a modelling contract, I would like to use my money to have somewhere for people to go who are facing abuse or have been made homeless because they want to be who they are.
‘I am ambitious and would also like to sponsor other trans women to enter beauty pageants because we are all beautiful and we all deserve recognition.’