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Winner of transgender beauty contest loses title for 'not being transgender enough'

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Jai Dara Latto
Jai Dara Latto

The winner of a national transgender beauty pageant has been stripped of her title amid accusations she was a drag queen and "not transgender enough".

Jai Dara Latto, 22, was named Miss Transgender UK in a glittering ceremony in London in last September.

But six months on she has had her title removed after organiser Rachael Bailey claimed she was shown footage of the model in boxer shorts.

The pageant runner branded Jai a 'drag queen' and accused her of not living full-time as a woman.

She is set to give her crown to another beauty queen, Daisy Bell.

The footage which made her change her mind showed Jai wearing a pair of boxer shorts.

It also reportedly shows Jai working out at the gym in a T-shirt and shorts.

It was taken as part of a BBC Three documentary called Miss Transgender to be shown next month.

Jai, from Walkerburn in Peeblesshire, Scotland, insisted: "I am transgender.

"It seems to me that Rachael has based [her claims] on her subjective opinion from having viewed the documentary Miss Transgender, which is yet to be aired.

"I gave consideration to sharing a letter from my doctor on my gender dysphoria [the feeling your psychological identity as male or female is opposite to your biological sex] but decided against it.

"The documentary clearly shows me living full time in my community functioning on a daily basis interacting with family, friends and others in my desired gender role.

"Being transgender is not some exclusive club. There are many of us in it and we are all different from one another."

Rachael said: "When Jai entered the competition, she said she was full time and she is not - she is a drag queen.

"The documentary showed her living as a gay male in her boxer shorts.

"Underwear is very important to transgender females - one of the first thing people do is change their underwear as it makes us feel like we are finally a woman.

"When I confronted her, she just said that I didn't have a leg to stand on and it is difficult.

"It is basically one transgender person saying to another 'You're not transgender enough to be in our competition'. It sounds daft when you put it like that."

The main prize for the competition, which sparked controversy when it was awarded last year, was to have £10,000 worth of surgery in India.

But Jai says she has returned the prize and is instead awaiting gender reassignment treatment in Scotland.

There was also a £5,000 cash prize for the winner, as well as a £3,000 modelling contract which has now been awarded to Daisy, 23.

She plans to hike 30 miles in high heels to highlight the issues faced by those awaiting gender transition.

She said Rachael had claimed she had broken terms and conditions by "not being 'full time'".

She said she had severed all ties with the pageant, which she claims forces transgender women into a female 'stereotype'.

Via Independent.ie