A transgender woman who has spent £52,000 on plastic surgery to enhance her looks has revealed that she refuses to stop until she has reached 'perfection'. And her wife is fully supportive of her decision.
Fulvia Pellegrino has had more than 150 lip and cheekbone fillers, four breast implants, and two rounds of liposuction. The 56-year-old, from Italy, has spent €12,000 (£9,000) on her bum and is planning even more surgery in her quest for the perfect face and body.
Remarkably, Fulvia’s wife, Marisa, is standing by her husband, although the pair are now more like sisters than a married couple. Fulvia said:
“I am not happy with my ‘perfect’ body, because it is not perfect. Perfection is something else.”
Fulvia was just fifteen years old when she first realised she was transgender. But fearful of her strict religious family, and her father who was in the clergy, Fulvia kept her feelings a secret.
She kept her torment hidden even when she met her wife, Marisa Altare, 32-years-ago. But secretly Fulvia frequented gay clubs and cross-dressed in the privacy of her own garage.
Fulvia masked her turmoil and exaggerated her masculinity in public, buying guns and owning expensive cars. Finally sixteen years ago (2000) Fulvia could not bear to hide and confessed to Marisa that she wanted to transition. She said:
“Obviously Marisa lost if for a moment, it is not something that is easy to accept.
“Today Marisa and I are nothing more than two sisters.
“We live together, we argue like two normal people but not like husband and wife.”
Fulvia began her transition by receiving hormone therapy and looking into plastic surgery. And Marisa visited a psychologist to help her come to terms with her new life.
But while Marisa was accepting of Fulvia her parents refused to tolerate it. But despite her family’s turmoil, Fulvia began to pursue her extreme look with breast implants, a nose job and face lift in 2004.
Three more breast augmentations followed by liposuction, numerous fillers in her cheeks and lips and a £22,000 butt lift. But Fulvia, who used to run a restaurant but no longer works, struggled financially.
She sold her guns, cars and a house in France to pay for her expensive surgeries. Now the pair struggle on Marisa’s wage as a holistic therapist.
And while Marisa is happy to support Fulvia’s quest to achieve her desired look, inhabitants in their town of Peveragno have gone of their way to exclude the couple. But despite the difficulty she faces Fulvia is desperate to continue her plastic surgery.