A white glamour model who spent £50,000 on surgery in a bid to transform herself into an ‘exotic Barbie’ appeared on TV to tell the world she now ‘identifies as black woman’.
Former air hostess Martina Big, who claims she is 28 and a size 6, has boosted her breasts to a size 32S, and used tanning injections and her own powerful 50-tube sunbed to achieve her ‘dark, crispy brown’ complexion.
The German tanning addict, who claims her breasts are ‘Europe’s biggest’, appeared on The Maury Show where she told the host: ‘I am black. That is my race. I can’t wait to go to Africa because I hear the food is tasty.
‘It’s better to be black, the feeling inside is just better.’
In January, Martina had three melanin boosting injections that have turned her a deep shade of mahogany.
‘I am the proud owner of black skin,’ she tells the audience. ‘If they start fading, I won’t feel less black. I will ask them for more.’
Martina, who describes herself as ’80 per cent black’ because she still ‘has a lot to learn’, was joined by husband Michael, who has also had the tanning injections but identifies as ‘medium’.
When asked if she thinks she’s offending people who were born black, she said: ‘No, I don’t want to. I know some feel attacked but it’s not my intention. I do it for myself and only talk to people who want to talk with me about this.’
Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012, when her boyfriend encouraged her to take up modelling.
She once aspired to look like Pamela Anderson or Katie Price but has since decided they’re ‘not curvy enough’.
‘I wanted to look like a Barbie with long blonde hair and long legs but much bigger breasts,’ she explains.
‘I look at Pamela Anderson and I want to look like her. I like her curves. I am making myself a real life Barbie.’
In a recently uncovered video, Martina is seen standing in front of the Hollywood sign in a leopard bikini top and shorts.
She said: ‘ The last time I visited this with blonde hair and white skin… And now I’m a black woman with African hair [sic].’
The video has been slammed by viewers. One wrote: ”I’m not pleased or supporting this mess.
‘I’m a black woman as you can see and I don’t think this is cool. It’s sad. It’s pitiful.’
She recently visited Los Angeles plastic surgeons and asked them to give her enormous butt implants to ‘balance out’ her extreme figure.
Appearing on reality TV show Botched on E!, she said: ‘I have the biggest boobs in Europe but I need my butt to match my boobs.’
However she eventually conceded she needed a less ‘extreme’ procedure.
About Melanin injections
According to VicHealth, Melanotan II, which costs about $60 a bottle, is similar to the substance in our bodies that increases the production of skin-darkening pigments.
Potential moles and lesions on the body are at high risk of turning into skins cancers and melanomas.
Aaliyah Johnson used the injections previously when she was in remission for skin cancer she got from using tanning beds.
After using Melanotan II, she was sick and put in hospital, where she nearly died.
“It was like a constant sickness and my mum kept thinking that I had alcohol poisoning because she didn’t know I was doing the tanning injections,” she told Channel 4 News.
“I didn’t tell anyone because I thought what I was doing is kind of wrong if it’s illegal and I was already told off by my family because I had skin cancer from doing sun beds so I was still kind of like chasing, wanting to be brown still.”
She had an allergic reaction to the injections and suffered from bruising.
Ms Johnson told Channel 4 News she started doing the injections because she was obsessed with being brown and hated fake tans.
Somebody recommended she visit a man in the UK who could give her the drug.
He also gave her the injections because she was scared of needles and couldn’t do it herself.
Australian Medical Association vice president Tony Bartone told news.com.au the drug had been around for some years but only now studies were under way in America and Europe to look at how it damaged people who used it without a skin condition.
Melanotan II is meant for people with skin issues or have a lack of pigment.
Dr Bartone said people who misused the drug did so to become more attractive.
“Obviously society and the community places really high importance on the appearance and acquisition of a tan,” he said.
“There’s actually no safe way to get a tan except if you get a spray tan and even then there’s still people who can’t tolerate it because of skin reactions.”
Dr Bartone said people should not purchase drugs off the internet, especially because they did not know where it was manufactured.
A woman from the UK had parts of her skin turn black and abscesses across her stomach after using the Barbie drug.
Chanetell Tolson told The Sun she injected herself more than 100 times in four months.
“I used to think I was ugly without a tan. I was so desperate I tried everything without thinking about any possible health risks,” she said.
“I did it all for vanity but now I am covered in scars for the rest of my life.
“There need to be more warnings for people buying these, and the risk needs to be clear.
“Doctors told me my skin is going black on the (injection) wounds because it is dying, as well as the flesh around it. It’s disgusting.”
According to the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, a 16-year-old girl had potentially malignant moles due to the Barbie drug and tanning beds.
She had 50 moles on her skin and her mother had previously had a melanoma removed.
The girl had been injecting herself everyday for two months and was also going to a solarium two or three times a week.
A number of her moles began to darken within three weeks of starting her injections of Melanotan II and a mole in her groin was getting larger.
She was told to stop using the injections and in three months her moles began to lighten and her risk of developing a melanoma decreased.
Cancer Council Australia chief executive Professor Sanchia Aranda said there were a number of safety concerns associated with the Barbie drug.
“There are valid safety concerns about this product, particularly as it hasn’t been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association. We would discourage anyone from using any therapeutic product that isn’t approved in Australia, particularly injected substances sold online,” she said.
“There isn’t enough evidence about the long-term effects of Melanotan and no widespread population studies to provide us with information on the possible side effects.
“However, some individual case reports suggest a potential association between Melanotan and melanoma and darkening of moles — there have been other cases documented where the drug has caused muscle damage. It’s a concern that a small proportion of Australians are still willing to go this far for a tan.
“Two in three of us will get skin cancer by the age of 70. We would encourage Australians to continue to protect themselves in the sun and embrace their natural skin tone.”