Italian transgender woman Fulvia Pellegrino says she’s struggling financially as she embarks on a quest to change every part of her body.
With the full support of her devoted wife Marisa, Fulvia has spent almost $80,000 on surgery including more than 150 lip and cheekbone fillers, four breast implants and two rounds of liposuction.
Fulvia said: “I am not happy with my ‘perfect’ body, because it is not perfect. Perfection is something else.”
Fulvia, who was born Fulvio, started to recognize she was transgender when she was 15 years old but was forced to keep it a secret because of her strict religious family.
She even kept her true identity hidden from her wife Marisa who she married 32 years ago.
By day she was a happily married devoted husband but by night she visited gay clubs and dressed in women’s clothing in their garage.
She said: “I was feeling trapped in my body. I hid in the garage and put make-up on and dressed like a woman,” she said, according to the Mirror newspaper.
“I never showed that side of me because I was ashamed of it.”
Fulvia tried to become the ultimate exaggeration of masculinity in public buying guns and expensive cars.
She said: “It is difficult to grow up with a body which is not yours. You try to mask it in every way playing football, drinking beers, buying American 4x4s and go shooting to feel like a man,” she said.
“Instead you understand it is a mask and so you need to throw it away and become what you are.”
It was 20 years ago that Fulvia couldn’t hide her true identity any longer and told Marisa that she wanted to transition.
“Obviously Marisa lost if for a moment, it is not something that is easy to accept,” she said.
“Today Marisa and I are nothing more than two sisters. We live together, we argue like two normal people but not like husband and wife.”
Fulvia began her transition and even sought counselling to help her come to terms with her new look.
She was accepted by her wife and even her two brothers, but her parents could not accept her as she was meant to be.
“My dad asked my wife to sign a paper to send me into a psychiatric institution to make me change my mind,” Fulvia said.
“It was very hard, when my father passed away, they didn’t let us go to the funeral because they were ashamed of us.”
Fulvia continued with her transition and spent vast sums of money on surgery, including a £22,000 butt lift.
But Fulvia, who no longer works, struggles financially to pay for it all and has been forced to sell her guns, cars and house in France.
‘If I reach perfection maybe I’ll stop’
“Plastic surgery is not a drug but it’s something that people like me need.
“I am not happy with my face and other parts of my body.
“I won’t stop here; I want to go ahead because it’s not perfect. If I reach perfection maybe I will stop.”
Everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin, whatever it takes.
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