After living as a man for forty years, Fulvia Pellegrino, 56, came out as a transgender in 2000 to the appall of
his her family and community. She was dubbed Clown of Peveragno and was ostracized from the community along with her wife, Marrissa.
Fulvia explains: ‘I was living with my family who were very narrow minded and very religious. I never manifested my will because it was impossible with my dad. He had three sons and he wanted three sons only.’ Refusing to go down that route again, she kept her secret even from her wife, Marissa, for thirty-two years. She was barred from her father’s burial.
Soon after the wedding, Pellegrino began cross-dressing and visiting gay clubs in her garage. She explains: ‘I was feeling trapped in my body. I hid in the garage and put make-up on dressed like a woman. I never showed that side of me because I was ashamed of it.’ Using exaggerated public display of masculinity, Fulvia hid her anguish by investing in guns and owning expensive cars.
She also talks about the difficulty in growing up with a body that isn’t yours, You try to mask it in every way playing football, drinking beers, buying American 4x4s and go shooting to feel like a man. ‘Instead you understand it is a mask and so you need to throw it away and become what you are.’
Finally, 16 years ago, Fulvia could no longer hide her struggle and confessed to Marisa that she wanted to transition from male to female.
Since telling wife Marisa, she’s had multiple procedures costing over seventy thousand dollars. Operations include four breast augmentations and 150 lip and cheek filler.
She has undergone a series of grueling procedures to achieve her current look including more than 150 lip and cheekbone fillers, four breast implants and two rounds of liposuction.
Pellegrino, who was born with the name Fulvio and has the full support of her wife Marisa, has also spent nearly £9,000 on surgery on her bottom and is now planning even more. She said: ‘Obviously Marisa lost if for a moment, it is not something that is easy to accept. Today Marisa and I are nothing more than two sisters. We live together, we argue like two normal people but not like husband and wife.’
When Fulvia began her transition by receiving hormone therapy and looking into plastic surgery, Marisa visited a psychologist to help her come to terms with her new life.
Fulvia’s parents were less accepting and refused to accept her in her new form. She explains: ‘My dad asked my wife to sign a paper to send me into a psychiatric institution to make me change my mind. ‘It was very hard, when my father passed away they didn’t let us go to the funeral because they were ashamed of us. The only people who accepted me were my brothers.’
Despite her family’s turmoil, Fulvia began to pursue her extreme look with breast implants, a nose job and a face lift in 2004.
Now the pair struggle on Marisa’s wage as a holistic therapist. And while Marisa is happy to support Fulvia’s quest to achieve her desired look, inhabitants in their town of Peveragno have gone out of their way to exclude the couple.
Fulvia said: ‘I am now the clown of Peveragno. They point at me, they talk about me, they start inventing stories about me that I am a prostitute. My friends have all vanished – they didn’t accept me.’ But despite the difficulty she faces Fulvia is desperate to continue her plastic surgery.
Fulvia Pellegrino throwback
Three more breast augmentations were followed by liposuction, numerous fillers in her cheeks and lips and a £22,000 butt lift.
After making the decision to physically transition – although Fulvia still has her male gentalia – she embarked upon a series of gruelling operations including a nose job and a bottom augmentation
Fulvia’s father begged her wife Marrisa to sign pyschotherapy release papers to lock Pellegrino up.
Chasing vanity: Fulvia says she models her look on US transgender porn star Allanah Starr
‘I am not happy with my face and other parts of my body. ‘I won’t stop here, I want to go ahead because it’s not perfect. If I reach perfection maybe I will stop.’
How close to perfection do you think she is?
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