Big Brother’s Nadia Almada feels ‘protective’ of trans housemate Hallie – 20 years after her groundbreaking win on the show
Nadia Almada has voiced her support for current Big Brother contestant Hallie.
The reality star, 46, became the first transgender person to win Big Brother back in 2004 and said she feels ‘very protective’ of Hallie.
The 18-year-old came out as transgender to her fellow housemates on the second day in the house and received unanimous support.
Speaking to The Mirror, Nadia said: ‘I knew immediately once she came out and she made that beautiful moment to her housemates and the nation – presenting herself and her identity as trans – I automatically felt very protective of her.’
Discussing the controversial moment on the show when Hallie was questioned about her sexuality – by now-evicted housemate Farida – she emphasised the importance of education regarding gender identity.
Support: Nadia Almada has voiced her support for current Big Brother contestant Hallie
Caring: The reality star, 46, became the first transgender person to win Big Brother back in 2004 and said she feels ‘very protective’ of Hallie who is also trans
If Hallie were to win the show, Nadia said she would be happy to ‘pass on the baton’, and said: ‘At this point in my life I’m very happy to pass on the baton I will come and we’ll do a passing over of the crown of the new 21st century trans woman. I’ll be very happy to do that for Hallie!’
She finished by saying that she envisioned a world where transgender individuals are seen beyond the headlines and can take on various roles in the media industry, free from sensationalism.
Nadia’s appearance on Big Brother in 2004 marked a pivotal moment in reality TV history.
She became the first transgender housemate on the show and went on to win it with a massive 3.9 million votes.
Nadia humbly acknowledged the significance of her story, noting the emotional support from her fans.
Despite this, the TV personality also revealed that her journey wasn’t without its share of transphobic abuse, both inside and outside the Big Brother house.
She recalled how Davina McCall – the host at the time – even made an insensitive remark during her time on the show, however Nadia acknowledged that she probably feels ‘regretful’ and ‘remorseful about it now.’
Six years after winning the show, Nadia re-entered the house for Ultimate Big Brother and Davina made another dig about the star’s ‘boyish good looks’ but later apologised.
Success: Nadia became the first transgender housemate on the show and went on to win it with a massive 3.9 million votes (pictured here in 2004)
Hopeful: Nadia said that transphobic abuse still exists today, although in different forms and that language has evolved, making it less acceptable to use certain terms
She said at the time: ‘Nadia has always been one of my favourite housemates of all time.
‘But if I upset her or indeed anyone by the comment I made then I am horrified and offer my genuine apologies.’
Nadia said that this type of abuse still exists today, albeit in different forms and that language has evolved, making it less acceptable to use certain terms.
Despite her challenging experience, Nadia said she was hopeful about the future of the Big Brother series.
The Portugese-born British is active on TikTok and hosts ‘BigToks’ where she engages with fans, but says she is not fazed by a minority of abusive comments that she receives.
Nadia said that she believes those who write abusive messages are misogynists, as she perceives the abuse as rooted in their hatred for women.
She said: ‘I don’t even see it as transphobia I just see this person, assuming they are a cisgender male presenting and in essence they are misogynists – they hate women in general, that’s how I see it because that’s what it is.’
Advice: After Hallie (pictured right) was questioned about her sexuality in this year show by Farida (pictured left) Nadia emphasised the importance of education regarding gender identity
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