‘I was a girl’: Glasgow model speaks out about her time as a girl in the city

  • August 4, 2021

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Read moreRead moreGlasgow-born model and TV personality Jess Glynne tells how she struggled to fit in in her school, the pressures of her role as a role model and the support she received from her parents.

Glynne, who grew up in Glasgow’s East End, is currently filming the series, which was co-produced by ITV, and has spoken about her struggles as a child and her teenage years.

She spoke to BBC Radio Scotland about the challenges she faced in coming out to her parents, and the time she met former team-mate and TV presenter Matt Lucas.

She said: “I remember when I was 11 years old I went to the first ever gay parade in Glasgow, and I was a little bit scared and I went with my friends to the gay bar to go home and drink and dance and hang out and I felt really weird and lonely, and so I just sort of sat there and watched, and it was really nice and cool and I liked it and it felt good.”

I remember going home that night and seeing my mum and dad, they were really happy and it just felt like, well, you know, I can do this.

“I just sort and watched and I just thought it would be cool to get a tattoo of a cross over my arm.

The model says she found the support of her parents to be ‘really supportive’Glynnes father Ian, who has a wife and two children, and her mother, Mary, have been supportive and have supported her in every way.

She continued: “And they have been really supportive of me, and they’ve been really wonderful, and really supportive and really understanding and very loving.””

And I think for me it was also about being able to speak to other girls and women, to know that there are people out there who are really good at what they do and really strong and really resilient and really compassionate and really kind.

“Jess Glynnes has now spoken out about how she came out to the worldAfter her mother’s death, Jess was forced to go into foster care and was left alone in her home.

She said:”I would always be in the house with the door open and the curtains open, and you know I’d just be thinking about my mum or whatever.”

And she’d be there, and she’d go, ‘Oh, my darling’, and I’d be thinking, ‘Yes, yeah, I know, my dear, she’s been a bit of a trooper’.”

I think I was kind of hiding it, and that’s the way I was for so many years.

“My mum, she didn’t want me to hide it.”

Glynns parents, Ian and Mary, also welcomed her into the familyWhen she was 17, Jess Glynnne decided to leave Glasgow for Los Angeles to pursue modelling.

She told BBC Radio Scots: “They told me, ‘You’ve got a really good life, you’re really bright, you can do it’.”

And my mum was like, ‘I’m so proud of you, but I know that it’s not the same for everyone, it’s hard, you don’t know what you’re missing out on’.

“So, so I thought, ‘Well, you have a choice, you’ve got to go.'”

I was just thinking, well I have to get away, I’ve got nothing to live for, and if I can go and work in Los Angeles, then maybe I’ll have a chance.

“Glynnne made a name for herself in LA before heading back to Glasgow for more modelling opportunitiesThere, she continued, she met actor Matt Lucas and took part in a casting call to work with him.”

It was a really strange casting call,” she said.”

We were all on the same page, we were all very aware of each other’s work, and we were looking for a guy to work on this series and it seemed like a perfect fit.

“So we worked for a month and a half, and then Matt and I got a call back and we’d met and I knew I had to go.”

Jess is the first model on the new seriesThe series features Glynns husband and son Matt Lucas, and features her working alongside the actor and her daughter.

Glynnns has said that she has ‘seen the future’ for modelling and has had a number of modelling opportunities, but is currently the first transgender model to be featured in a TV series.

She explained: “The thing about transgender people is that they are so unique, they are really very unique.”

If you look at the way that people look, the way people speak, and how they move and the way they look at people, it is so completely different to everybody else, and there is so much more to that person than what we have to deal