Like all Bond offerings, the non-stop action was sprinkled with bodacious babes, about one of whom questions subsequently surfaced. Cossey began life in as Barry Cossey but later decided to live as a woman. She changed her name to Caroline in , began taking hormone tablets, had breast augmentation surgery, and in underwent the final sex reassignment surgery SRS. From about to Caroline worked as a fashion model and actress under the name Tula, and she caught a break in when she was cast in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. In she married Elias Fattal in London, but her husband left her shortly after the honeymoon and the marriage was annulled by the High Court under a ruling that the bride and groom had not been female and male, respectively. Caroline told her story in the book, Tula: I Am a Woman and published an autobiography, My Story , in ; she has resumed her modelling career and is now married to David Finch, a Canadian.
This is the World's First Trans Supermodel that Didn't Get Her Moment
It was a chance encounter with a transexual neighbour, she says, that helped change her life. After breast implant surgery, she landed a role as a showgirl in Paris and Rome to save up for gender reassignment surgery. By , at the age of 20, she had fully transitioned and legally changed her name to begin living as a woman, leaving her past life behind, or so she thought…. Despite her newfound confidence, climbing the ladder of the fashion industry with a new sense of freedom, she still felt a tremendous amount of pressure to pass as a non-trans woman. But rumours started circulating, and the tabloids did their digging, threatening to expose her secret. Almost overnight, her life crumbled.
This is the World’s First Trans Supermodel that Didn’t Get Her Moment
Throughout her teenage years, even though anatomically she was a male, she was extremely feminine, tall, very thin, and often was mistaken for being female even before transitioning. Later tests would prove that her chromosomes were in fact XXXY, which make her genetic makeup sexually ambiguous She was not "just a male" as many have implicated.
The model and actress was known to millions as Bond girl Tula, for working on a TV gameshow and was in demand as a model when it was revealed she'd been born a man. As a Bond girl and a pin-up known to millions as Tula, Caroline Cossey oozed glamour and had a glittering life in front of her. That all changed when an undercover sting callously revealed to the world that she was born a boy. Fleeing the UK, she became a virtual recluse and swapped A-list parties — and Playboy photoshoots — for anonymity.