There are some stories you hear in life which make you marvel at what humans have created, and how they have thought of such clever inventions. Then there are others who make you wonder at how humans have survived for so long.
This is a story that seems to defy Darwin. It seems like there are some people who make it through despite natural selection.
Enter Martina Big, the woman who believes she has changed race and so will have a different colour of baby.
A woman actually thinks she has 'changed race'.Yes you read that right. There is a white, blonde, German woman who thinks that she is now a different race to the one that she was born as.
Why would she think that?
What is melanin?Melanin is the pigment that gives human skin, hair and eyes their colour. Having darker colourings means that there is the presence of more melanin.
Freckles are melanin.Melanin helps the skin to be protected from the sun. Freckles are 'small, concentrated areas of increased melanin production.'
What did Martina Big look like before?
What so now she's not German either?Malaika Kubwa (which roughly translates to Big Angel).
And wait until you hear about the surgeries she's had.One of the many surgeries that Martina has undergone includes drastic breast implants. In fact she has had over 23 procedures.
Does she really have Europe's biggest breasts?
She decided to become a glamour model.Martina was working as an air hostess, with her now-husband working as a pilot. She decided to give up her day-job and instead become a glamour model.
She had to make a few changes along the way.It was her husband who encouraged her to become a model, but she felt like she need to make some surgical changes. So in the spirit of a nip here, and a tuck there, she had work done on her waist and legs… as well as her lips, nose and teeth… Just a couple of changes then!
Then she made the shocking decision that her boobs looked the wrong size…So she came to the only rational conclusion: that she needed to get a new bum, the size of her boobs, for balance. Luckily surgeons persuaded her to go for something less drastic.
So what changes have the melanin caused?The only change that the melanin injections have caused is that she has more melanin in her skin. Usually melanin is produced by cells called melanocytes. She's just doing it with injections. This makes her skin a darker colour. Her hair could be darker too, but hair dye also does that so it's hard to say.
And she thinks that now she is a different race?That's right. After getting a substance injected into her skin, Martina believes that she is now a different race. This is not how race works.
So does going on holiday change your race?No of course not. Coming back from a hot climate with darker skin does not mean you are now a new race too. Sun exposure causes an increase in the production of melanin, making people seem more tanned or freckly. It doesn't suddenly change someone's race.
What about having a harsh winter?You know, the kind of winter where you don't go outside ever because it's so cold. You get really pale and hairy, because you're so covered up that your body looks very different to when you parade it in the summer. Nope, that's still not a different race. That's just you in winter. Perhaps it is the real you.
What is race?Race is linked to a shared culture and history. It is passed down through generations, through shared experiences and through genetic heritage. Injecting melanin does not mean that you are a different race.
Why racism is so very stupid.This case does highlight the good point that you shouldn't judge people based on the colour of your skin. People use the colour of skin to cast decisions, biases and stereotypes about people. But really, actual skin colour is just about melanin. And after reading about Martina I think we can all agree that melanin does not equal race.
So back to this baby thing…She truly believes that she and her husband could have a black child. Having injected a substance in to darken her skin, she now believes her child will also be a different race.
Well what race is her husband?
He is of the 'medium' race.He also uses the melanin to darken his skin, but he has decided to stop with more of a strong tanned look. For this reason, he self-identifies as 'medium'.
And these two are going to have a baby?some people think she might be 40, so then it might be a struggle. But you never know.
And this baby is going to be black?Well we don't know what colour it would be at the moment, although we could have a guess. What she actually said was: 'I'm pretty sure it will be black, or milk chocolate, or a little bit light.'
She said it could be what?Yes Martina actually said that she thinks her baby would be milk chocolate. As in most children's favourite drink.
People are not happy about Martina Big's claims.
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