A German model who darkened the colour of her skin to “become a black woman” has appeared on TV saying that she believes she and her white husband could have a black baby.
Martina Big has been darkening her skin using melanin injections for two years. After her “transition”, as she calls it, Martina says she now identifies as a black woman.
Speaking to Holly Willoughby and John Barrowman on ITV's This Morning, Martina said:
The skin is getting darker and my growing hair is changing and getting curly and more dark.
Bizarrely, Martina claimed that she and her white husband are hoping to have a baby and that the baby could be black.
Yes [the doctors] say [the baby] will be black.
We’re not having plans, but I’m discussing regularly with my doctor if my body is ok, if [having a] baby is ok, if breastfeeding is ok, and how the baby will look like…
And if that baby is not – because I’m trying to think how that’s possible biologically… I don’t see how that’s possible genetically.
If it’s not, will you feel close if you give birth to a white child, or will you somehow feel it’s not connected to you?
No it’s a mix of Michael and me, I’m pretty sure it will be black, or milk chocolate or a little bit lighter, it doesn’t matter.
This isn't the first time a white person has claimed to "change race". Rachel Dozeal was infamously rumbled for presenting as a black woman and describes herself as "transracial". Understandably, the idea of a white person changing race is extremely offensive to many people of colour, who face marginalisation and discrimination because of their skin every day.
Twitter users weren't sure what to make if the whole thing, responding with a mixure of bewilderment and comdemnation.
What on earth? How can the baby be black? DNA? #ThisMorning