A white model who has had melanin injections to change the colour of her skin says she now identifies as Black.
German native Martina Big, 32, who was born with blonde hair and pale skin, has undergone a complete transformation, changing her hair, skin, breasts and name in a bid to become a ‘Black woman’.
The model even got baptised in Kenya last year and now goes by the name of Malaika Kubwa.
Martina also says she stands by the Black Lives Matter protests and condemns white people for ‘exploiting’ the Black community.
‘Unfortunately, many Black people are treated like second class people,’ she said.
‘I think it’s right that people protest loudly against these grievances because this is the only way to point out the broad dimensions of these abuses and to indirectly exert pressure on politicians and other people in influential positions.
‘Since I became a Black woman, I have worked intensively to learn more about the culture and history of Black people.’
But, Martina says, she is against any form of violent protesting, and condemned businesses being set on fire and cars being demolished.
She also said that while she is in favour of dismantling racist statues, it should be done without force.
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As a ‘former white woman’, Martina said she cannot sympathise with white people who disagree with the Black Lives Matter protests.
She said: ‘To condemn the Black people for just demonstrating against being treated as second class people. It cannot go on that white people lead a better life by exploiting and oppressing Black people.’
Speaking of slavery and police brutality against the Black community, Martina condemned both as ‘cruel and unjust’.
Martina said that the three police officers who ‘stood by and watched’ when George Floyd died should be severely punished.
The model also hit out at US President Donald Trump, who she said has never sympathised with Black people during his tenure.
While Martina is yet to join in with any BLM protests herself, she said she has been vocal about her support on Facebook.
‘I wrote several times in my posts and comments that I found the police brutality and the violence against the Black community intangible and I try to encourage my Black brothers and sisters,’ she said.
The model said she has also reached out to her Black friends to offer them support during these difficult times and revealed one of her fans died during the demonstrations.
She continued: ‘One of my Black friends had planned to visit the US on their next vacation.
‘But now that it has become clear how intense racism towards Black people is there.’
Asked if she herself had ever experienced any form of racism, Martina said she considers herself lucky not to have been on the receiving end of it.
‘I am very well known in the media, so people are more aware of being racist towards me because they are afraid that their behaviour would be publicised in the press.
‘I am always on the road with my husband Michael and he is not only a useful helper but also my bodyguard,’ she added.