White mannequin who ‘modified race’ says she empowers black ladies after EXTREME tan injections

MARTINA Big has claimed she is empowering black women not to feel like black is ‘second class’.

This Morning viewers were left more than a little baffled last year when German model Martina Big made an appearance on the show.

The extreme tanning and surgery addict – who was born with milky white skin and blonde hair – sparked controversy across the UK when she revealed she had received a number of injections in order to get a darker complexion.

Martina has transformed herself into what she now refers to as a “black woman”, thanks to treatment with the synthetic hormone, Melanotan.

Discussing her very different new look with hosts Holly Willoughby and Philip Scholfield, Martina also claimed that doctors had told her that her future children would be born black.

But despite receiving criticism after claiming to identify as a black woman, the 30-year-old is adamant that her newly darkened skin is more than just a publicity stunt.

So much so that she even got baptised in Kenya last year and now goes by the name of Malaika Kubwa.

Daily Star Online spoke to the controversial former glamour model about exactly what made her want to change the colour of her skin and how she now feels living life as a “black woman”.

Martina explained: “For a long time, I wanted to have a summer tan, but I only ever tried to achieve it by sunbathing.

“Three years ago I had a lot of bookings in La and Miami and I spent a lot of my free time sunbathing on the beach. And a little bit later when I was back home I bought myself a pretty strong sun bed and achieved a medium tan.

She continued: “Then I talked to a doctor and told him I had problems getting a tan and he said he knew a team of doctors who were testing a new medicine against skin cancer.

“When I talked to them they told me that if I was to get darker skin, I would be better protected against skin cancer.”

“For a long time I liked girls with a summer tan and a lot of celebrities with a deep summer tan, and then when I saw for me this medicine was really working, very well, it was really fascinating.”

“I only had three injections two years ago in January and have had no further treatments (since then) and I’m really African dark.”

When asked how she feels with her newly-darkened skin, Martina said: “You know the term ‘black power?’

“Well, I’m really proud that I’ve changed so much.

“It makes you [feel] stronger and I love going to hot places now, like Arizona and Africa, because when I go to those places I’m mostly better protected against the sun than the people who live there.”

But it’s not just the colour of her skin that’s changed, as Martina has undergone a number of other procedures to completely transform her look.

She explained: “I’ve changed my eyebrow, the eye colour, the hair. In the past I was blonde but now I’ve got African, really curly and thick black hair.”

Martina continued: “For me, not only has my skin and my look changed, but also my inner feelings.”

When reflecting upon what sparked her initial desire to turn change her skin colour, Martina spoke about her childhood, which she believes may have influenced her decision.

She explained: “Maybe it was because when I was a child, I used to watch a lot of African videos. African movies about the landscape and the people there. I also had a lot of African friends and met them regularly and learned a lot from them… it was really interesting.”

And the former model claims her new darkened skin has also gained a positive response from many of her fans.

“For me, a lot of black girls have written to me and said ‘I like you because you show me that black people can be strong without being white’. In Africa and some other parts (of the world) they were born black and tried to be paler because somebody told them that being white is more successful and black is second class.

“But I can show them that black is not second class and I try to explain this in the media.”

And she insists that her transformation is not just a publicity stunt.

She explained: “When I talk to black people they can hear that I’m really a friend and its not just a media joke. A lot of people now have seen that I am learning and I am speaking from my heart, but the problem is finding the right words to explain how I’m feeling inside.

“A lot of black people are now my friends and when I’m walking on the street, I’ve never had a bad experience, I’ve only ever had people come and ask for an autograph or a photo.”

When asked if she feels as though she is empowering black women, Martina said: “Yeah! And also a lot of people have invited me to come to their town and said ‘I have read about you, you must come to our village and teach our girls that black is beautiful, show us that black is beautiful’.”

As for the backlash she has faced over her altered skin colour, Martina doesn’t think there’s an issue.

She explained: “A lot of black people want to be white, what’s the problem?!

“The world is colourful and if you do it in the right way medically, you can go lighter or darker. “

However, she was quick to add that she does understand why not everyone is happy with her decision.

Martina said: “You must be respectful with the history, but all colours have their good history and their bad history and you must learn a lot before you change. When a man wants to change to a woman, he must also learn. He can change his outside and his inside but it’s important to respect the feelings and change those too if you really want to change, you have to go all the way, take every step.

“Some people only want to have a bit of a summer tan for a few weeks, but when you really want to change your race, for me for example, it’s really a hard work in progress and it’s still going on. I’m still learning every day and every time when I’m meeting from a different country I learn more and more. Its really important that you read about the history (of the race) so you can prepare for a new future, because if you don’t see the misunderstandings between white and black, we will have the next war. We really need to train everybody and avoid misunderstandings to keep the peace.

She concluded: “Everyone knows that we came from Africa, were in Asia and ended up in different parts of the world. Everyone is a little bit like brother and sister.”

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