But when her enormous success as a model backfired into public hysteria, she had decisions to make. She could stand and fight, or she could run away. She chose to fight. In the wake of it all, Tula would become the first of many things, much to her surprise.
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. Rumors about the real transgender Bond girl have morphed over time, with later versions asserting the woman in question had been one of the primary love interests in For Your Eyes Only.
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By Carly Stern For Dailymail. And while she is thrilled by the outpouring of love and support for Caitlyn Jenner, the former Bond girl has admitted that she is worried the reality star is moving too fast with her transition. When Caitlyn made her debut on the cover of Vanity Fair in June, unfounded rumors that she had already undergone gender reassignment surgery began to swirl. But as a transgender woman who went through countless and lengthy psychological evaluations before she completed her transition, Caroline has admitted to Daily Mail Online that she is 'praying [Caitlyn] hasn't had surgery' just yet. Scroll down for video. She's the first: Caroline Cossey was the first openly transgender woman to appear in Playboy. Having already done one shoot in , she posed again in , nearly a decade after News of the World exposed her.
By Carly Stern For Dailymail. As transgender people find themselves more and more accepted by society thanks to vocal advocates like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, trangender model Caroline Cossey is speaking up to remind us that Playboy was happy to accept her for who she is way back in the The English beauty first appeared in the nude magazine's pages way back in , before her transgender identity was revealed. But the publication had her back again for her own pictorial a decade later, after the details of her gender reassignment had been made public, making her the first transgender model ever to appear among the famous Bunnies. She's the first: Caroline was the first openly transgender woman to appear in Playboy in , nearly a decade after News of the World exposed her. Take that! With the stunning shoot, Caroline took a stand against the people who'd made her feel small - including Howard Stern, who once interviewed her while dressed as a woman.