She made history when she became the youngest person to have a sex change at just 16, and now Jackie Green has set her sights on becoming the first transgender contestant to win Miss England.

The young model, who was encouraged to enter the pageant by scouts who knew nothing about her op, has now successfully clinched the public vote to secure her place in the semi-finals of the national beauty pageant.

From a young age the model, formerly Jack, battled with his gender identity and often insisted that he was a girl in a boy's body.

After four suicide attempts and a threat to cut off her own genitals, her parents came to terms with her feelings and forked out £28,000 for gender reassignment surgery and treatment.

The stunning brunette finally underwent full reassignment in Thailand on her 16th birthday.

The 18-year-old stunner is now in the running to win the crown.

Speaking about getting through to the semi-finals the teenager, from Leeds, told the Daily Mail: "I'm ecstatic to get through, I never expected it.

"It's been lovely to see the support from everyone and I have had so many people contacting me saying they hope I win.

"I have come this far and now I am in it to win it."

Her proud mum Susie, 43, said: "I'm really proud of her. She's been through an awful lot but she has chosen to put herself out there and at risk.

"There is a lot of prejudice out there but she is trying to make people understand this isn't a choice and it can be OK."

We have a look at the young model giving the other Miss England contestants a run for their money..