Born Clifford Oche, Miss Sahhara was cruising down the runway in a cream dress.
Sporting a cream dress with a plunging neckline, Miss SaHHara glided down the runway without a hint of shyness, drawing in the 300-strong audience with her light-green eyes.
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Nothing much remained from the young 19-year-old man who fled Nigeria for London more than a decade ago.
"I had severe disphoria. My breasts weren't growing, I didn't have a vagina, I looked at myself in the mirror and I did not feel comfortable with my body," she told AFP before the gala final Saturday.
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Miss SaHHara, as she is known, always knew she was a woman.
She would put on make-up and wear her mother's high heels.
But in Nigeria, where homosexuality and transsexuality are illegal and punishable by 14 years in jail, her situation was tough.
"In the street, they were always attacking me, harassing me," she said.
"I came back home and my family would harass me, they said 'you're wrong, you need to change, act like a man'."
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She twice attempted suicide and says she was imprisoned in Nigeria for wearing women's attire before escaping to London, first as an illegal migrant, then as a refugee.
"There was no way I could have survived in Nigeria, this is why I had to leave," she said.
In Britain, she underwent surgery to become a woman with long, curly blond hair, big breasts and full lips.
She works as a model and singer, and also manages her own NGO to help transsexuals.
"London gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and be my true self," she said.
"I'm hoping that by speaking out and coming to Miss Star, I will try to influence people or perhaps influence my government to revoke 14 years imprisonment for LGBT in Nigeria."
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