Martina Big, the infamous self-described transracialist and model, who has had tanning injections to darken the pigment of her skin because she 'identifies as black' has revealed that she wants to move to Africa and live there permanently, and is now crowdfunding in an attempt to buy a house somewhere on the continent.
The originally white German Big and her husband Michael Eurwen both inject Melanotan, a synthetic hormone, to change the colour of their skin, and are currently house-hunting in Kenya. Big states emphatically that she wants to move to be with 'her people' and learn how to raise a family in the African cultural tradition.
Big told British tabloid newspaper The Sun: "I not only look like an African woman, I also feel that I'm now an African woman. I spent time in Kenya last year and I felt so at home. Now I have a lot of invitations from all over Africa. I want to learn more about the black culture first, so that I can educate my future children in black (teach the black culture)."
She also states that she had been welcomed by African communities, stating: "The African people loved me. On the first day I wanted to go into downtown Nairobi to a tailor to get some new clothes and when I left in the car I had people surrounding me ... I have seen a few comments saying ‘you are still white whatever the colour of your skin on the surface’ – but they mainly come from places like America."
"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. 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."
Martina and Michael now wear African clothing and have adopted traditional African customs. They've even adapted their diet to be more African inspired. But is this enough to make Martina black in the eyes of others? It would seem not. On social media, a number of people have had an outraged reaction to Martina's comments.
For example, one Twitter user wrote: "Martina Big infuriates me. As a white woman, she's had more privilege in her years as a white woman than any black woman will ever get in their lifetime." While another commented: "Martina Big really annoys me... She wants to be a 'black woman'... She never will be, regardless of her skin colour it's just blackface," and someone else stated: "What in the world is wrong with people?"