Stunning wedding dress model Nicole Gibson, 36, was born a boy named Glen
She was bullied in secondary school where kids called her ‘Glenda the Bender’
Nicole started taking hormones in 2010 and had sex change operation in 2013
It came just days after she stormed into the spotlight at London Fashion Week
She is now legally recognised as a woman on her passport and driving license
‘I don’t really refer to myself as transgender now,’ Nicole has told MailOnline
‘Even though I was physically a little boy, I’ve always felt female – my brain was that of a little girl,’ she added
Her Instagram page is splattered with selfies in her lingerie, poolside pictures in bikinis, catwalk snaps in bridal gowns and images of her curled up on her bed with her dog.
Yet 36-year-old Nicole Gibson is not your typical Millennial model: raised as a boy, the ‘Unexpected Star of London Fashion Week’ had a sex change operation just days after making her modelling debut in the autumn of 2013.
Now the five feet 11-inch model is living life as a woman – she is legally recognised as female on her passport and driving licence.
She has been signed by the new agency Classic Models, joined dating website Tinder and flirts with the boys at the local rugby club, where she works as a barmaid.
Her transformation to a woman has been so successful, and so convincing, that Nicole claims even her sexual partners cannot tell she was born a man.
Speaking for the first time since her operation, she told MailOnline: ‘I don’t really refer to myself as transgender now.
‘I wasn’t feeling overly proud of it and couldn’t really relate to people like Kellie Maloney and Caitlyn Jenner, who are a lot older than me and have been men in men’s worlds.
‘Even though I was physically a little boy, I’ve always felt female – my brain was that of a little girl, my soul was that of a little girl. Now I’m living life as a woman. My passport describes my sex as Female not Trans.
‘A friend of mine, who is a rugby player, said to me: ‘You’ve got to stop calling yourself that. That’s not how we think of you. It’s not your life anymore. You’re a girl. Never say otherwise.’ That was the final nudge I needed to close the door to the past.’
Nicole, who lives in a quaint cottage in the rambling countryside in Warnham, West Sussex, was not always so comfortable in her skin.
Born as a boy named Glen, she always felt an affinity with little girls, fantasising about dressing up in women’s clothes and pretending she was Elizabeth Taylor in the 1976 film Blue Bird.
Bullied at her secondary school, Tanbridge House, where she was given the nickname ‘Glenda the Bender’, she eventually came out as gay when she was a student at Collyer’s sixth-form college, where she studied English Literature, theatre studies and performing arts, alongside TV presenter Holly Willoughby.
However, after college, she began growing her hair and dressing as a woman, and approached her GP for a sex-change operation.
After being accepted for NHS funding for the procedure, which costs between £12,000 and £14,000, she was registered at the Gender Identity Clinic, attached to Hammersmith’s Charing Cross Hospital.
She began counselling in October 2010 and started taking hormones to enhance her curves the following June.
In 2012 she changed her name by deed poll. Then, in the summer of 2013, she came off the HRT to prepare for the operation.
It was at that stage that she began attracting attention as a model: she created a YouTube vlog, joined the talent agency Star Now and was scouted by Models of Diversity.
After stepping out in vintage Yves Saint Laurent at Catwalk 4 Change, a fashion show held to promote diversity, which kick-started London Fashion Week in autumn 2013, she became an overnight star.
‘It was all a bit of a whirlwind,’ she says. ‘I didn’t expect any of it at all. I had been running pubs my entire adult life but was scouted by Models of Diversity, who trained me to catwalk and then slung me down the catwalk at London Fashion Week.
‘My first outing was in a sheer vintage YSL number. That took some confidence, especially became I had come off the hormones and lost my boobs and my bum.
‘It was a period in my life when I was really self-conscious about my appearance.’
Within days, Nicole went under the knife at Charing Cross Hospital. The operation, on September 19, 2013, took two and a half hours, but she was in hospital for a week.
‘I woke up singing Avicii’s So Wake Me Up When It’s All Over,’ she laughs. ‘It was so weird. I must have heard it when I went under.
‘They were saying: ‘Miss Nicole. Miss Nicole. You need to be quiet. There are other people recovering.’
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