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With long blonde hair and a curvy figure, Cindy Jackson plans to become a glamour model. But few would guess she’s biologically a man who used to be called Richard…
by Alison Smith-Squire
13th October 2012
With her curvy figure and generous C-cup cleavage, Cindy Jackson constantly attracts attention from men who want to get to know her better.
But incredibly Cindy, 20, used to be a boy called Richard. And two years ago she hit the headlines after proclaiming she wanted a sex change to look like her idol Jordan.
Now having taken female hormones for the past nine months, Cindy’s dream to forge a career as a topless glamour model is about to come true.
Not only have the hormones caused Cindy to grow her own breasts – in December she is due to undergo a full £10,000 sex change and a boob job on the NHS.
Cindy reveals: “Having boobs has made me feel so feminine. But although I’m already bigger than many women, I’ve decided to go a cup size larger.
“I’m thrilled doctors have agreed at the same time as my sex change I’ll have a boob job. It will make my breasts a DD. I then plan to start a modelling career.”
The drastic surgery, due to be carried out at London’s Charing Cross hospital, to castrate her body’s male genitals and create a vagina using skin from her penis will mark the beginning of a new life for Cindy.
She says: “Like many women I long to meet the man of my dreams.
“As well as forging a modelling career, I’d love to marry and be a mum– a boy and a girl would be perfect.
“I’ve already put some thought into it – I could use a donor egg and my husband’s sperm and a surrogate could carry our baby.”
Cindy says she can’t recall a time when she didn’t want to be a girl. The eldest child of three – mum Donna was a primary school cook while dad Graham, also 40 was a motorbike garage owner – she always knew she was different from other boys.
“Mum says as a toddler I adored playing with a toy kitchen and I even took a handbag to nursery school.
“By the time I was five, I was always trying on mum’s make-up and high heels. By the age of seven I was telling mum I wanted to be a girl.”
But at primary school Cindy was bullied. “Other boys called me a poof,” she says, “Often I came home in floods of tears.”
At the age of 12 Cindy began growing her hair long.
She recalls: “The teachers even allowed me to do PE with the girls. Because inside I felt a girl, I was incredibly self-conscious so they let me change in a private cubicle. And instead of football and rugby, I played hockey and netball.”
Meanwhile, as soon as she came home from school she’d change into girl’s clothes and as her male body developed, shaved all the body hair.
“I felt happiest wearing a padded bra, carrying a handbag and made up with foundation, blusher and false eyelashes.”
It was a confusing time. “By the age of 13 I felt attracted to boys. But I only ever went for straight guys and I knew I never wanted to have a gay relationship. I only ever wanted to be loved by a man as a woman.”
Aged 15 Cindy began researching having a sex change. Although her mum was supportive, when she saw her GP about undergoing surgery she was turned away because she was too young.
But by the age of 16 she’d left school to train as airline cabin crew. “Mum and I had a mother-daughter relationship, my friends were used to seeing me dress as a woman and so I decided to dress as a woman all the time.”
Fortunately Cindy was given special permission by the college to wear the female air hostess outfit.
She remembers: “Incredibly, some people didn’t even realise underneath my dresses I had a male body.”
Over the next year Cindy repeatedly visited the doctor to ask for a sex change and finally in September 2009 she was referred to the NHS Gender Reassignment clinic at Seacroft Hospital near her home in Leeds. By July 2010 she’d completed counselling with a psychiatrist and even changed her name by deed poll from Richard to Cindy.
In December 2011 Cindy began taking the female hormone oestrogen. She explains“I have a little patch on my leg that secretes the hormones and I also take a pill every day to suppress the male hormone testosterone.
“Almost immediately my emotions were all over the place and I cried at the tiniest thing. My breasts also felt tender but within a month miraculously they’d started to grow.”
By the end of the first month Cindy had size A cup beasts and no longer had to stuff her bras with ‘chicken fillets’ and went shopping for new bras. By March this year she’d grown to a 36C bra and her hormone dosage was upped.
“Men started whistling in the street and I bought loads of new lingerie – I have 20 bras! My skin felt smoother and softer and my hips widened. As my transformation continued, the hormones levelled off and I felt less tearful. It was wonderful to see my penis shrink – I can no longer have erections – and my female body emerge. I knew I’d made the right decision.”
Sadly around the same time a relationship with Graham, 24, a salesman she’d dated for five months broke up. She says: “I met Graham in a club last October and although he was shocked when I told him about my sex change, he understood. However we’d already began drifting apart and my mood swings finished our relationship off.”
Cindy who shares a flat in Leeds with an old school friend, has now decided to put her lovelife on hold until after her sex change.
She says: “Although I still admire Jordan I’m far more natural these days and happier to be myself and not a clone of Katie Price.”
Her only sadness is she no longer sees her dad, who split up from her mum when she was 12. “I still see mum regularly but he has never been able to come to terms with my sex change,” she says.
Nevertheless, she is excited about her future when she will change her birth certificate from male to female. “I’m never going to hide the fact from anyone, even any children I have, that I used to be a boy,” she says, “but the truth is my life will only truly begin once I am a real woman.”
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