Who is Kylie Jenner to you? A reality star from a famous family? A wealthy makeup mogul? A new mother who just gave birth at the beginning of the month?
To one trans woman, Kylie is an inspiration.
Kyleigh Potts is a model who’s spent $75,000 on 40 different procedures to look more and more like Kylie Jenner.
Kyleigh Potts tells The Daily Mail that she started using lip fillers a few years ago. Since then, she’s had 40 different procedures in order to attain her current look.
“I have spent the last four years perfecting my transition into the beautiful woman I always knew I was.”
Though she’s been intrigued by plastic surgery since well before her transition, Kyleigh points to the young reality star as her real inspiration.
“Kylie Jenner has always been my ultimate goal and inspiration, I feel like I have always emulated her and like her I didn’t start out beautiful, I built myself beautiful.”
You have to remember that, for the first few years of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kylie faced nearly as many insults about her appearance as Khloe did.
And then Kylie got hot. More than that, she redesigned her body to look how she wanted it to. That really struck a chord with Kyleigh.
“When I saw her come into herself and transform from the ugly duckling to the b—h everybody wants to be – every girl wants to be her, and every guy wants to sleep with her.”
Well, everybody wants her bank account, anyway. Not sure that everybody wants to quantum leap into a 20-year-old mother.
“I resonated with that, I always thought I was unattractive, ugly and never enough through the trauma of being bullied that I found confidence through altering myself.”
Kyleigh, who chose to disclose that her deadname was Kyle Leigh — which is just incredibly serendipitous — talks about how she began undergoing procedures.
“I turned to dermal fillers in attempts to make everything better, I spent my first two years doing that extensively to the point where my lips were huge.”
Her lips are still pretty huge, actually.
“My facial structure is very similar to hers, when I had my recent surgeries they asked me to bring in pictures of my inspiration and desired look, every image was of Kylie Jenner.”
Go big or go home. And, speaking of going big. …
“I found Dolly Parton’s plastic surgeon, because I wanted the biggest breasts possible, to feminise my face by making my chin more rounded and alter my nose to look like Kylie’s.”
And she talks about exactly how far she went with her breasts.
“‘I went from no breasts at all, only developing small tissue from hormones, to 650cc implants that have given me 34DDD breasts.”
She says that the link between herself and Kylie has increased over the years.
“People tell me I look like Kylie Jenner a lot, it was always a joke among my friends and I refer to myself as King Kyleigh, I even have it tattooed on my bicep.”
We don’t know that we’d say that she actually looks like Kylie most of the time, but we’re glad that Kyleigh’s out there living her best life.
She is accustomed to getting a reaction in public, however.
“Whenever I go grocery shopping everyone’s heads turn that happens no matter what, I don’t pay a lot of attention to it – I’m used to walking into somewhere and having the whole room stare at me.”
Maybe we’ll one day live in a world where people aren’t so hung up on the appearances of strangers.
Though it’s no one’s business, Kyleigh has shared that she’s keeping her penis. Not all trans people want to play surgical roulette with their genitals. Not all trans folks experience dysphoria related to their genitals.
“Unlike most transgender women, I am proud of the fact that I have male genitalia, I never wish to change them.”
Gender is who you are, not whether you stand or sit in the privacy of a bathroom stall.
“My doctors tailor my hormones so there is a high-enough testosterone level to allow me to still use my male genitalia during sex.”
It’s good that she can be herself and continue to live her life. Sadly, some trans folks feel forced to choose.
“I have no plans to remove them, there are too many constraints on gender where people believe they have to choose male or female.”
On Instagram, Kyleigh has shared a number of throwbacks of how her figure looked before surgery. This photo is one of them.
Also taking to Instagram, she has thanked her mother for helping her to transform her body.
“This Christmas I’d like to thank my Mother for going out of her way and making my surgeries a possibility, for helping me become me.”
It’s wonderful that she’s found support from her family and friends.
Obviously, Kyleigh Potts is an outlier among trans women. After all, for most women, the quest to be yourself doesn’t involve molding yourself to be more like someone else.
But it’s wonderful that she’s living her dreams.
Kylie Jenner is living some very different dreams these days.