Mother-of-two, who spent $15,000 on butt injections, lifts lid on the secret world of black market cosmetic procedures
22:08 GMT, 12 June 2012
A woman who spent approximately
$15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections has shed light on the
secretive world of black market cosmetic procedures in a new book.
In a raw and honest account, Vanity
Wonder, 30, a mother-of-two from America's Midwest, has revealed how she
became addicted to silicone shots to increase the size of her behind.
Shot Girls sees her detail her own
experiences of seeking out and having the injections, and how she became an assistant to a black market practitioner, who treated women as varied as a 17-year-old brought in by her proud mother and even a senior in her seventies with bifocals and false teeth.
Honest account: Vanity Wonder, pictured before she had silicone shots to enlarge the size of her behind (left), and after (right), has written a book about the secretive world of black market butt injections
With nurses, police officers and gospel singers also among the clients, many were 'people who know this is wrong,' Vanity told MailOnline.
She says the main reason she decided to write the book was because she wanted to
tell her own story, but she was also keen to clarify many of the
misconceptions about a secretive world.
'In 2006… you had
to search to find this stuff. Now anyone on the corner will inject you
with what they buy at the Kwik-E-Mart or at the gas
'So many people tell so many lies about
the women who get injections,' she explained. 'It's such a secretive
thing. I decided to tell people rather than letting them just guess.'
the reasons women choose to undergo the procedure on the black market
in the first place, risking infection and even death, she said it is
not, as many people seem to believe, because they are trying to please a
man, or are deeply depressed.
'It's not what people think,' she said. 'There's no common reason… Some girls get
it done only because everyone else is. There's a lot of reasons.
Dangerous: Vanity, pictured modelling before the injections, admits that she didn't even know what she was being injected with, the first two times she had the procedure
Thankful: Now, the mother-of-two says she is not dissatisfied with the way she looks – rather, she is grateful that she is in one piece, and that she is able to warn others about the risks of butt injections
not even because they didn't already have a butt. They look in the mirror and they
don't like what they see. They want the image they see in the mirror to match the image they have of themselves in their head.'
BACK ROOM BEAUTY: THE DANGERS OF INDUSTRIAL SILICONE FILLERS
Experts have said undergoing unlicensed medical procedures is 'like playing Russian roulette.'
Dr John Martin, who treated one of the alleged victims of 'fake doctor' Oneal Ron Morris, says
medical silicone, used to enhance buttocks, cheeks, chins and the like
is very expensive and must be administered in small quantities.
will sometimes use industrial substitutes, he said, that can be toxic and,
when used in large quantities, can settle in areas creating grotesque
He said that many would be shocked at the type of people who sign up for such procedures.
'A surprising number of educated people who should know better –
nurses, etc – use back room treatments,' he told Miami television station CBS4.
When asked if the desire for a large
behind could be described as a trend, Vanity agreed, adding that where
there was a trend, there would be people prepared to cash in on it.
'People are taking
advantage of it,' she said. 'But instead of paying $14,000 for the doctor, somebody on
the street has created a way for women to get a butt at a cheaper price point.'
Indeed, she noticed this shift take place over the course of her own time getting black market butt injections.
'I started in 2006 – this is when everything was hush, hush, hush. You had
to search to find this stuff,' she recalled. 'Now anyone on the corner will inject you
with whatever they buy at the Kwik-E-Mart or at the gas
Vanity is, of course, referring to
stories that have flooded the news in recent months, of deaths after
women were injected with Fix-A-Flat tyre sealant and even cement.
She admits that her own first
experience with butt shots could have been just as dangerous, as she had
no idea what she was injected with – and still doubts the answer she
'The first two times, I was injected by a lady… when we finally asked
her [what we were being injected with], she said soybean oil. So my first two times I had no idea what I was
being injected with.
'All the rest were done by [a different] lady, and it was medical grade silicone.'
She says the difference in the two substances was huge. The silicone,
she says, is 'a lot more moveable and jello-like. The 'soybean oil' made
the treated areas 'stiff and hard'.
Describing her butt now, Vanity said:
'Because that original work has been covered so many times, it's all
jiggly and very moveable. A lot of people are amazed.'
Warning: Vanity's book also serves to put off other girls that may want to take the same path
Though Shot Girls serves as a warning
to women who may be tempted by the low cost and fast results of black
market injections, Vanity admits many still ask her where she can get
'The book review from customers has been 95per cent positive. It is those who haven't who
But though some readers admit that
they thought about getting black market butt injections, but now
definitely won't, others remain tempted.
'Women are still begging me, “Please tell me where to get them from!”' Vanity admits. 'They are definitely chasing this.
'That's the reason why women are dying. They are so thirsty for these, they go to whoever they can find. Then
people want to exploit this and that's where the problems come in.'
She admits she stopped when she was nearly sent to jail, and she realised that if anything were to happen to her, she would not be around to take care of her sons. It was a reality check that cut her addiction short.
When looking in the mirror now, she says she does not feel dissatisfied with her body.
'It's not that I feel happy, but I look in the mirror and I love who I am,' she explained. 'I didn't go to jail, I have my arms and legs. I didn't die because of the dumb crap that I did.
'I guess I do feel happy. I'm just so
thankful that I'm here in one piece, and that I'm able to tell people to
stop on this path, because somebody's going to die.'