- Vanity Wonder, 30, spent $15,000 on butt and hip implants
- Karmello, 23, has had 54 illegal injections in three years
- The black market fillers have taken her from a size four to a size ten
By SARA MALM
A woman who spent $15,000 on black-market butt injections that nearly killed her, is dedicating her life to saving others from the same fate.
Vanity Wonder, 30, says she is lucky to be alive after becoming addicted to using illegal silicone shots to increase her hips and behind.
Appearing on the latest episode of TLC’s My Strange Addiction, she gives advice to fellow addict Karmello who has filled her buttocks with two litres of liquid from illegal injections, taking it from a size four to a size ten.
Karmello, 23, from Detroit, Michigan, admits to having had 54 injections to her buttocks and plans another 36 to get her behind to the perfect size.
The mother-of-one was unhappy with her figure and started with the injections three years ago.
Instead she gets them on the black market from a woman she often meets in a hotel, spending thousands of dollars on filling her body with unknown liquids.
BOTTOM OF THE BLACK MARKET
Illegal butt injections have increased in the past years with many black market operators using anything from glue to soy bean oil and industry grade silicone.
The cheap alternative to plastic surgery has become popular among transsexuals and in the African American community.
Those carrying out the procedures, known as ‘shot girls’ take around $300 per injection compared to professional plastic surgery which can cost around $12,000.
In the disturbing episode of the TLC show Karmello’s friend Vanity Wonder, author of book Shots Girls who herself spent over $15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections, tries to warn Karmello of the risks.
Vanity, who nearly died after contracting an infection from a shot, tells her she needs to stop the dangerous practice.
But it is not until Karmello’s sister Jennifer also pleads with her to stop for the sake of her four-year-old son, that she visits plastic surgeon Dr Anthony Youn.
Dr Youn shows her an x-ray of her buttocks and hips and points out that the fat is ‘sponge-like’ and warns her the next injection could kill her.
After she has seen the images of her behind, Karmello decides to fight her addiction and stop the injections.
Word of warning: Karmello meets up with her friend Vanity Wonder who nearly died from a botched black market infection