• Talulah-Eve Brown is a black belt in karate and a blogger for the Huffington Post (Instagram)Source: Instagram
Talulah-Eve Brown previously competed in the first Miss Transgender UK pageant.
Michaela Morgan

9 Feb 2017 - 9:03 AM  UPDATED 9 Feb 2017 - 9:03 AM

For the first time in the show’s history, a transgender contestant will compete to be Britain’s Next Top Model.

Talulah-Eve Brown, 22, is a beauty queen from Birmingham and announced the news on her Facebook.  

“Never thought a girl like me would find a place on a show like this and compete against such beautiful girls," she wrote, adding: “I guess all you have to do is believe! Life isn't about finding a label that fits you best.”

She previously competed in the first Miss Transgender UK pageant in 2015, representing Burton in the Birmingham heats.  

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"The trans community is where the gay community was 10 to 15 years ago – we need to be celebrated not tolerated," said Talulah Eve before competing in the pageant.

She says that Nadia Almada, the first transgender winner of Big Brother UK in 2005 was a role model for her growing up.

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"It was not hard to find amazing trans actors and actresses to play these parts."

"That was a changing point for me, it made me realise that I wasn't who I felt I was and I knew what to do."

Brown is one of 12 models that will compete in this year’s cycle in front of judges Abbey Clancy, Paul Sculfor, Hilary Alexander and Nicky Johnston.