A self-confessed plastic surgery addict with 24 procedures on her nose alone says she is now disabled as a result of all her surgeries.
Monique A Allen – known among Hollywood’s trans community as The Glamorous Monique – says she had severe circulation problems as a result of injected silicone migrating to different parts of her body. It's meant some of the skin on her legs has “died.”
Documentary-maker Matt Cullen interviewed the retired government worker at her palatial home in Orange County, California. Through lips bloated by fillers, Monique told him how she would go to backstreet surgeons with $100 and tell them “fill me up as much as you can”.
Monique had her gender reassignment surgery in 1978, courtesy of Colorado doctor Stanley H. Biber, who had pioneered the procedure. After the $3,800 operation, Monique didn’t have any further surgeries for seven years. But at the age of 29, she visited notorious drag venue Queen Mary’s, in Studio City.
She explained: “I started seeing some of these girls and I wanted things done… I started getting pumped up with silicone down in Tijuana.” She said he had heard horror stories about the dangers of injecting silicone into your body but “when you want it that badly you don’t care.”
One of the surgeons who worked on her was John Reginald Brown – sometimes called “Butcher Brown”. He was eventually jailed for manslaughter after one of his patients bled to death.
Monique ended up with D-cup boobs, and extra curves around her hips courtesy of the silicone clinics of Tijuana. She describes how the doctors would numb the target area with local anaesthetic, and then attach a funnel through the skin and pump the toxic substance in.
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“It was very addictive, every time I got a little money, I’d go down there,” she continued. But it didn’t end there. “I think I’ve had 24 nose jobs,” she added.
But after a few years, the silicone began to slip from its original position and make its way towards her ankles. These days she can barely walk and is suffering a host of other medical problems.
Monique, now in her mid-sixties, gets “a lot of mean looks” when she does go out. But still applies a full face of what she jokingly calls “clown makeup” every day.
'My ultimate dream is to become a sexless dragon – but I can’t pick my nose any more'
Twice-married Monique is now single and doesn’t want to date again because, in her own words, “most men my age are dead".
She says she still gets a lot of male attention, but not the kind she wants. She describes one “nut job” who stalked her: “I was putting gas in my car and I had a long dirndl skirt and no panties on.
“I was thinking ‘he’s awful close’ but I kept putting gas in, and he had scooted his head underneath my skirt, and I looked down he was looking up at me.” The same man followed her the next day, and shouted “nice butt, bitch” in the street.
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