"I not only look like an African woman, I also feel that I’m now an African woman," reveals Martina Big.
Image Source: Martina BIG - Malaika Kubwa
Martina Big used to be a slender, Caucasian woman from Germany. However, Big, 30, who claims to now identify as a black person, has been subjecting herself to melanin injections for two years to darken her skin, reports The Sun. Surprisingly, this is not the first time Big has done something this bizarre. Her baffling journey began seven years ago when the then air steward quit her job to pursue her dream body. After twenty-four surgeries to help her achieve her "extravagant Barbie figure", Big had successfully inflated her 32 D breasts to an imposing 32 S. "I hope to have them made even bigger soon," Big said "I want the biggest breasts in the World"
But it's not easy to just walk around with such huge breasts. Big has to keep them, er, big, by using a saline pump regularly. Until 2017, Big used sunbeds to help her gain color, but she wasn't too happy with the results. Big shares, "I had three injections. Lots of people had the same treatment and everyone reacted differently. Some people had only a little change, but for me it changed me entirely." She elaborated, "At first I could only see my skin tone changing from light to dark to really dark, then after a while I could see my eye color change to darker, and my eyebrow and my hair changing too."
She also claims, "It’s a change that is inside as well as out. These changes are not superficial but deep inside me." Big recently went to Kenya along with her husband, as she has plans to move there. She believes it is time for her to go home and be with her people. "I not only look like an African woman, I also feel that I’m now an African woman," she revealed. She even got baptized while in Kenya and was re-christened 'Malaika Kubwa’ - which means ‘Big Angel’ in Swahili. She has embraced their clothing, their food, their culture and is looking forward to raising her future children there.
Understandably, her actions have upset quite a few people, but Big maintains that she has in fact successfully managed to alter her race. "I have seen a few comments saying ‘you are still white whatever the color of your skin on the surface’ – but they mainly come from places like America," she confesses. "In reality I have made lots of African friends who understand who I am and that I am trying to learn. I think they see that I am genuine, that this is not just the surface, I want to understand more about their history." Adding, "I spend most of my time with them now as it feels easier. Compared with my white friends I have more in common with them."
Big, who is a native of Trier in Germany, says, "My life has changed a lot since my transformation. Now I mostly wear traditional African dresses and I cook African food." Martina not only wants to look and behave as an African native, she wants to raise her children as Africans too, and she strongly believes she will give birth to babies of color, as well, despite Big and her husband being born as white people. Also, her husband's changed his color, too. Big's future plans include more surgeries to correct the features that don't look African enough for her. As she says, "It was not about not liking who I was. I liked the white person but it is like a boy with a car that he loves – he wants to change things here and there. It’s like fine-tuning."