Martina Big, a white model who has previously declared she identifies as a black woman, is planning to move to Africa to ‘be with her people’.
As well as changing the colour of her skin with a combination of chemical injections and sun beds, the German glamour model has undergone 24 surgeries all over her body to change her appearance.
The 30-year-old has had operations to achieve size 32N breasts, which she inflates using a saline pump, along with changing her hair and the colour of her eyes.
Martina is so convinced she has changed race that she recently appeared on This Morning, where she was adamant she would be able to give birth to black babies.
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Last year, the model flew to the Eastern African country of Kenya for the next step in her quest to become a black woman. There, a pastor invited Martina into his church in the town of Nyeri, where she was baptised under the new name of Malaika Kubwa.
According to The Sun, Martina explained the reasoning behind her trip, saying:
I wanted to learn more about my history and black culture.
The African people loved me. On the first day I wanted to go into downtown Nairobi to a tailor to get some new clothes and when I left in the car I had people surrounding me.
It felt very natural, very normal to me. I like the dry hot climate. I was able to spend all day in the sun without sunscreen and did not get sunburned. I only got darker.
Now, the German woman is planning to move to Africa after going house-hunting in Kenya.
I not only look like an African woman, I also feel that I’m now an African woman.
I spent time in Kenya last year and I felt so at home. Now I have a lot of invitations from all over Africa.
I wanted to go to different countries there and learn more and to decide which place is best for me to live.
The 30-year-old hasn’t made her mind up about where she’ll live yet, but has said the northern part of Kenya ‘near the equator’ was her favourite part.
While her choice to change her look so drastically is certainly controversial, the model seems happy with her choices.
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