German model Martina Big, who has had melanin injections to make her skin tone darker and look more African, has claimed that she’s changed her race. During a recent interview, Big said that she now identifies as black and spent seven weeks in Kenya to learn “tribal culture.” Moreover, the woman told the co-hosts of the show This Morning that she and her white husband Michael’s future children would be born black, citing some doctors.
“My children will be black. We are not having plans, but I am discussing with my doctor to see if my body is okay, will I be able to breastfeed, what the baby will look like”, Big told host Holly Willoughby
“I’m trying to think genetically how that is possible,” Holly pointed out. “If you give birth to a white child will you somehow think it’s not connected to you?”
“No,” Martina shot back.
“It’s a mix of Michael and me. I’m pretty sure it will be black or milk chocolate or a little bit light, it doesn’t matter.”
Viewers were left stunned by her remarks on race – especially after the model claimed her melanin injections had changed more than just the colour of her skin.
Big, who had spent over $60,000 on surgeries including breast enhancement, started the transition as a mere cosmetic choice. “I like the curves of black and I want to get them,” she said in 2017. But the process quickly overhauled her entire identity (she compares her transition to a car being upgraded piece by piece until it’s completely different).
“The skin is getting darker and my growing hair is changing and getting curly and more dark,” she shared.
“Even my eyebrows now are getting dark and my eye colour has changed.”
When questioned why she was qualified to talk about being black, Martina argued: “A lot of Afro-Americans don’t know about African culture.”
Big recalled the moment of realizing she’s a black woman. She was at a swimming pool in Germany, surrounded by white folks. “They look really pale,” she remembered thinking. “That’s the first time I felt strange between the white people and started thinking, this medicine is not working only for the skin. It’s changing everything together. The feelings change.”
She also lived several weeks in Kenya to learn about African culture. Spending time with the Maasi tribe, she learned “how to make fire without lighter and go to the river and collect the wood.” A pastor in Kenya also baptized her with the name “Malaika Kubwa,” which means ‘Angel Big’ in Swahili.