Blond, Tangoed, leggy makeup artist of Illamasqua and Channel 4 star from My Transsexual Summer, Drew-Ashlyn, starts her new column for GSN
It’s just one year since I filmed My Transsexual Summer for UK TV station Channel 4 and it has been a whirlwind. I’ve become a makeup artist, visited schools and youth groups to do talks, become a patron of two charities and I am about to be a brand by releasing my very own t-shirt line.
Since the show my life has changed completely. I never in a million years thought I’d get so much support from people around the world. My Transsexual Summer was a massive thing to take part in, and it really helped the trans community be seen in a totally different light.
All of us in the show were different; crazy, intriguing and funny but most of all down to earth which is why I think people were so drawn to us. I always describe us as the Spice Girls. We were kind of a different spice for everyone’s taste buds.
I was Leggy Spice, Lewis was Buff Spice. You could call Donna Crazy Spice, Karen Old Spice, Fox Chilled Spice, Sarah Metal Spice and Max was Preach Spice.
I think being so different is was what made us work as a group. We were all like a puzzle – we had our jagged edges yet we still fitted together in the final jigsaw.
Trans people and trans issues as a whole have become so out there in Britain that it’s starting to be less of a taboo. People are opening their minds up to it and it’s becoming more normal, although I never define myself as normal!
So what else has changed the community? I guess having Luke A in Big Brother UK and winning the show was another positive for us. It showed him as a regular guy. He was in fact going to be the fourth male cast member in My Transsexual Summer but dropped out at last minute. I’m happy that he won and that he was accepted by his family and friends and most importantly the public!
Meanwhile, another change in my life is finally falling in love again. After leaving an almost four-year relationship full of put-downs and verbal abuse, I guess good things come to those who wait.
I’ve had to go on numerous dates with frogs to find my one and only Prince Charming, but this time it has gone to the point of him branding me on his very own skin – as you can see in the photo.
How many people would do that? Crazy but an honor at the same time.
I know, I’ve gone on and lost sight of the original topic but I guess that’s why I got picked to do this. I want to be able to be open with you all and just talk about what’s going on.
So I hope your stick around, enjoy my future columns and follow me on my journey.