Audrey Middleton is the first transgender contestant to ever join the Big Brother cast and for season 17, they are breaking new ground. This season, there are 14 houseguests, but each week a new houseguest will join, bringing a a new twist to the show. Middleton is bringing a twist of her own. Read on for our 5 Fast Facts on her below.
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1. Host Julie Chen Is Hoping America Will Watch Middleton With An Open Mind
— Julie Chen (@JulieChen) June 24, 2015
Julie Chen is the host of Big Brother and she said in a statement that she hopes America watches Middleton and is understanding, explaining that:
I hope you watch with compassion and an open mind to learn something about a community that you may not be familiar with. This is Audrey’s story to tell, and I’m looking forward to hearing it.
Middleton is hoping to be America’s fan-favorite this season.
2. She’s A Former MMA Ring Girl
Middleton actually used to be a pizza delivery person and was also an MMA Ring Girl. So, of course, her looks are very important to her. Middleton told CBS that she spends a lot of time taking selfies and posting them on her Facebook. She explained:
I like to put a lot of effort into my appearance. Not in a superficial way, but it’s one of the most fun forms of self-expression for me. Fabulous hair, lashes, makeup, I’m the Beyonce of my life story. As I should be, right?
With all those extra roommates on the show, it sounds like Middleton may have to fight for mirror time.
3. Middleton Was a Competitive Swimmer
Middleton’s sure to spend a lot of time in her bikini as she was once a competitive swimmer. A big part of her life was spent swimming competitively, where she did very well. She still enjoys swimming laps every week at the gym, so these athletic skills will surely come in handy on the show. In addition to swimming, she likes camping, hiking, rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking.
4. Astrology Is A Big Interest Of Hers
Astrology is a big part of Middleton’s life and is of great interest to her. She tells CBS:
I have taken a huge interest in astrology. I love to talk to my friends about the things that I’ve learned and drawing their charts for them. I actually found a nerdy online format of the show Survivor that was created by a fan and participated in it for two months. Astrology was a major part of my strategy. I chose to use astrology because it’s an icebreaker and no one is threatened by it because most people don’t believe in its legitimacy. So I did a chart for each person and leveraged moves based on each person’s astrological ego and won.
5. She Was Born As Adam
Audrey Middleton grew up as a boy named Adam from a small town in Georgia. It was only a few years ago that Adam decided to transition and it was very difficult for his family. TMZ reports that eventually his family came around and now they are completely supportive. Middleton is openly transgender and is interested in men, but chooses to reveal her life choices at her own pace.