A former exotic dancer has lifted the lid on the secret and dangerous world of butt injections.
Curvy Vanity Wonder, who has spent around £10,000 ($15,000) on the injections – known as “butt shots” – details her experiences in the new book Shot Girls.
Wonder, whose measurements are an astonishing 34-23-45, has thankfully lived to tell the tale after spending five years plumping up her posterior with injections that are banned in America and the UK.
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The book casts light on the murky world of illegal surgeries and comes in the wake of a series of cases where bogus doctors have injected women with paraffin, cement and even tyre inflation spray.
In a chapter from the book available to read online, Wonder recounts her first foray into the world of over-the-top buttocks.
Explaining she had “always wanted a better body, and on top of that, I liked the compliments that I’d got when I was a little thicker,” she decided to take the plunge along with fellow dancers Onyx and Denim in November 2006.
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The girls meet with the mysterious “Luxor” in a Detroit hotel and are instructed to rub numbing ointment into their buttocks before covering them in saran wrap.
Of the first injection, Wonder recalls: “The poke hurt a little but it was nothing compared to the feeling of the liquid flooding into my butt. It was a sharp pain that shot down my leg, into my knee and shin, then back again. I’ve never been struck by lightning but I’m pretty sure that’s what this felt like. I had to breathe.”
She admits none of them had any idea what they were being injected with and recounts that the needle holes were then plugged with superglue.
She says she was later informed the substance was soybean oil, and after one further treatment reverted to different practitioner, who used medical grade silicone.
Despite the pain and the cost, Wonder recalls feeling disappointed that no one had noticed any difference in her shape and decided to go back for more, lamenting: “I was still a popular nobody.”
By March, she was hooked: “Competition is one hell of a drug. I felt like with me getting pumped I was going to have a 1 up, but not now. My competitive nature was revving up. Nobody likes to lose. “
The trend for “Bootylicious” curves continues to flourish with stars such a Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and J-Lo leading the way. Sadly, the desire to emulate these stars’ natural assets can have tragic results.
In 2011 British university student Claudia Aderotimi travelled to Philadelphia to undergo an illegal cosmetic buttock treatment in a budget hotel room. The aspiring hip-hop dancer began to suffer chest pains and was rushed to hospital where she later died.
These days Wonder, now a mother-of-two, is keen to combat what she terms “misconceptions and misrepresentations” surrounding the procedure and the reasons why women will risk infection and even death in the quest for curves.
Speaking about the persecution she has experienced because of her extreme shape, she told theSkinNYC: “Butt shots are a modern day witch hunt.
“Butt shots and body enhancements are quickly becoming the majority, not the minority, definitely.
“This is something that’s not going away, like being gay, like big hair.
“Instead of judging it and ostracising it you should just respect it because it doesn’t have anything to do with you. If you don’t wanna get them, then don’t get them.
“It’s utterly ridiculous that so many people are so worried about who gets butt shots and who doesn’t than who’s running for president.”
Wonder ended her addiction to the £325-a-time jabs (around $500) after developing an infection, which left her in extreme pain and with unsightly lumpiness in both buttocks.
Once she had rectified the lumps (with yet more injections) she called it a day.
The 30-year-added: “It seemed like a good idea at the time, I was young and stupid.”