Kitty Madison is a Dutch woman who was not only born the wrong the gender but the wrong species as well. To correct the problem, she has spent money on plastic surgery and devices that allow her to live life as mermaid-like as possible.
According to an article in Vice magazine, Kitty-Madison explains that her dreams of being a mermaid began when she was 15 and saw the movie Splash, starring Daryl Hannah. (See Make Me Heal’s story on Daryl Hannah’s plastic surgery).
“I was born as a boy. It’s a fact that I’m in the wrong skin. But the fact that I wanted to become a mermaid has just enforced my feminine side. I’ve got tattoos on my arms because I tried to live like a man for a long time. In the end there was only one solution, become a woman or end it all.”
“After I saw the movie I just had one dream: To try and live my life like a mermaid. I just couldn’t let go. Despite all the people who criticized me and didn’t believe in my perseverance, strength, and love for mermaids, I still carried on. I tried to live out the myth as much as possible. And diving with compressed air just isn’t an option, so I learned how to free dive. This meant that I could stay underwater for long times without oxygen tanks. And of course I needed a tail. My first one I made from an old legging and fins. I kept on trying different techniques to improve my tail. But some wore out really fast and others couldn’t take the chlorine. After much experimenting, I met a guy at a diving convention who makes custom diving suits. He made my first mono-fin. Later, when I became Kitty-Madison, I bought the same tail that Daryl Hannah wore in the movie. Orange with glitters, custom made for me. I immediately felt a lot better. I love the water and by then I could stay under water for several minutes easily. But still something from my dream was missing. I was a male mermaid.”
“The last step to my mermaid existence was a transition. From this moment on my name is Kitty-Madison. My old neighbor was named Kitty and I loved that name so much that I just took it as my own. The mermaid from Splash is called Madison. My dream was almost fulfilled but the preparations for the surgery involved a lot of emotional pain. As a boy I often felt that my gender was wrong, and to top it of I wanted to become a mermaid. When I was a man I feared many times that I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goals, and that was a really painful realization. But after some time I approached a specialized gender team that helps you with the process of becoming a woman. After 30 minutes I realised that it would take too long and that it wouldn’t make me any happier. Besides, I felt that they wouldn’t understand my dream of becoming a mermaid. My life was hanging by a thread, I didn’t want to continue living this way.”
“After this difficult period in my life I decided to take matters into my own hands. I found my own gender-psychologist and after only four weeks I got the go-ahead. They put me on hormones, which made me tired and restless. I couldn’t even be a mermaid for a while. I never had any real physical pain, but the emotional pain is still very deep from when I was a boy and to this day. I lost a lot of people around me in that stage of transition. But I guess they aren’t real friends. To this day I still get hateful comments from strangers on my blogs.”
“Living as a mermaid requires huge financial sacrifices. But I don’t mind spending money on things that I truly want. I keep my tail in a fire-safe room. It’s my most valuable possession. Not just financially but also emotionally. And I had to buy more stuff to make my dream come true. A real mermaid can see underwater and never gets water up her nose, so I needed to find solutions for those problems. I bought special lenses without corrective strength, about an inch in diameter, so the water can’t get into my eyes. And I’ve got a tom nose, the same silicone plugs that they use in synchronised swimming. You just put them up your nose and nobody can tell you’re wearing them.”
“Now I’m a happy person. I ride my bike, I swim, and I take yoga to keep fit for my life as a mermaid. I’m in the pool four, five times a week. The first time I dove into the pool with my fin I had some very mixed emotions. Go for it, it’s your dream, isn’t it? But on the other hand, what if I drown. But now I’m so experienced in swimming that I’ve started my own company. I give workshops to teach people how to swim like a mermaid and you can book me for a show. I’m not making any money off my business but it suits me. If I could make real money with this I would never want to work again. I feel so much love for life as a mermaid that I would give up my real life. I’m glad that nobody made me choose between me lives. I really love my boyfriend, but if he tries to make me give up my life as a mermaid, I would choose life as Kitty-Madison the mermaid.”
Plastic surgeon Dr. David Shafer says, “If this story is true, I am not quite sure what procedure would be required. The tail is obviously prosthetic and removable.”
Other famous transgendered individuals include Chaz Bono who may or may not undergo surgery to complete his transformation (See Make Me Heal’s story on Chaz Bono’s plastic surgery).
Kitty-Madison is certainly a bizarre story of plastic surgery and Make Me Heal hopes her tail (sorry) has a happy ending like the Disney version of The Little Mermaid.
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