Beauty students stripped off for spray tans in front of trans sex attacker

Students have condemned a college for allowing now convicted rapist Isla Bryson onto a beautician course where students stripped off as part of tanning and modelling lessons.

Bryson, 31, and now a trans woman, was convicted on Wednesday (January 25) in Scotland of brutal attacks on women while living as a man.

Following Bryson's conviction, former students of Ayrshire College in Scotland, who trained to become beauticians alongside her, are demanding better checks and balances are in place.

Byrson had been charged with two counts of rape prior to being admitted to the course.

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Those in charge of the school have denied knowing of the rape charges, while women’s rights campaigners demanded better protection for students.

Rachel Ferguson, 21, said: “It really scares me to look back and realise she was watching me with no clothes on after being charged with this. It makes me feel physically sick and violated. We should have known about these charges. It’s not right that we didn’t know.”

Bryson previously appeared in court three years ago for crimes committed in Clydebank and Glasgow in 2016 and 2019, while she was then living as a man with the name Adam Graham.

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Students who worked alongside Bryson in 2021 described her a “overpowering” and “disruptive” during class.

Eventually, Bryson was asked to leave the course.

Rachel, a nail technician from Dundonald who was in the same class as Bryson, said: “We started college when she was beginning her transition. It was a class full of young girls. She was refusing to do practical stuff at first because she said she didn’t feel comfortable.

“We had all kinds of accusations thrown at us in the middle of the classroom. I was being verbally attacked. She went to the head of the department and said we were all discriminating against her and were homophobic. I was really offended and hurt by that and didn’t go to college for three weeks because I was scared of the way she was coming at me."

Many of the students are now horrified that they stripped off in front of Bryson, unaware of her checkered past.

“Being a beauty course, you need to take your clothes off for some of it. We were doing spray tanning at one point and I was a model. You need to stand practically naked," Rachel said.

"Looking back, with what we know now, it’s so scary to think she was watching me with no clothes on. Someone should have told a class full of young women what was going on. Anything could have happened.”

Another student Abi Nixon, 18, described her shock of learning about Bryson's conviction.

“We all did the one-day spray tanning course. We had next to nothing on and this was before ‘Annie’ had been removed from the course. She hadn’t fully transitioned yet but we all accepted her for who she wanted to be. It was a complete and utter shock to the system to see what she had been convicted of."

A spokeswoman for Ayrshire College said: “We can confirm the individual was enrolled as a student at Ayrshire College for a three-month period in 2021 and is no longer a student with the College.

“Ayrshire College had no prior knowledge of this individual being charged with any offences. We will not be making any further comment on this matter.”


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