'I can concentrate on being the person I want to be': Former millionaire businessman sets aside 120,000 to become a woman
12:45 GMT, 16 April 2012
A former millionaire businessman is
spending 120,000 in a bid to become a woman – including 4,000 on finishing school so he refine his feminine manner.
Darren Hallett,41, who is now known as Danielle, was five-years-old when he realised he was trapped inside the wrong body, and in 2001 medics diagnosed him as transgender.
He has since taken female hormones and spent thousands of pounds on cosmetic procedures so he can 'finally look the same as I feel inside’.
Before and after: Darren Hallett, who is now known as Danielle, was five-years-old when he realised he was trapped inside the wrong body, and in 2001 medics diagnosed him as transgender
Danielle, from South Wales, has already had hair transplants, a gastric band and new teeth and plans on having breast enhancements, facial surgery and even having ribs removed to achieve an hourglass figure.
For the last 18 months she has attended a finishing school every month, costing between 600 and 1,000 a session, learning ladylike skills such as getting
out of a car gracefully.
Danielle – who is due to undergo full sex-change surgery next year – said: 'Spending this much money doesn't bother me. It's cheaper than a car.
'And what cars can you buy and use for the rest of your life I just want to be the best person I can be at the end of the day. I just want to be happy.'
Danielle has also qualified as a beautician so she can always look her best
Daily ritual: Danielle spent 15,000
on hair transplants, 3,000 on cosmetics and also attended a beauty course
From the age of five Danielle, then known as Darren, had dressed in girl's clothes and confided to his best
friend Tom when he was aged 21.
Despite grappling with his gender issues he found success in the IT arena and became a paper millionaire by the age of 25 after setting up a successful computer consultancy business called Purple Computer.
But two years later his company had
gone bust and he decided to start living as a woman after discovering others like him on the internet.
Over the next few years his facial hair disappeared, he sprouted breasts and changed his name to Danielle. Since 2004 he has spent 30,000 on a designer wardrobe, undergone two 15,000 hair transplants and splashed out
7,500 on a gastric band, shedding eight stone of his 30 stone frame to a
He has also spent 8,000 on new teeth and plans on spending 60,000 on
plastic surgery to get a boob job, facelift and lower ribs
Trapped: Despite grappling with his gender issues Darren (pictured left) found success in the IT arena and became a paper millionaire by the age of 25
In total the final bill is expected to top 120,000. Although the transformation is almost complete Danielle says her voice is still an issue and recently, much to her embarrassment, she was directed to the men's section of a clothing shop.
She said: 'It is my voice that is holding me back and giving me away, I had a
really embarrassing incident in a clothes store where she was directed
to the men's section.
'Since then I've hired a voice coach and they've help a lot. My original voice is nothing like my voice now, I've lost my deep,
broad Welsh accent but I still can't shake off sounding like a man.
'I'll get surgery if I have to. It will alter my vocal chords giving me a higher voice, but it is a last resort.'
Danielle is now a freelance technical architect and has also qualified as a beautician.
She added: 'Now I can concentrate on being the person I want to be and not have to hide.
'I'm finally feeling free. I just want to be the best I can be now, my expectations are quite realistic but I am just going to make the best of it.'