Every time another story of backdoor butt injections hits the internet we try to understand what could possibly be going through the mind of a woman who’s willing to let a stranger inject her body with a foreign substance all for the sake of an hourglass figure. So far, none of the answers provided have sufficed and we’re not sure the explanation offered up on the next episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life is going to be all that insightful either.
On Saturday, OWN viewers will see Iyanla Vanzant sit down with Anivia Cruz-Dilworth, a former plus-size model signed to Wilhelmina who let an unlicensed practitioner inject materials into her backside because she felt she needed a bigger butt in order to remain competitive in her industry. Sadly, the price Cruz-Dilworth paid for not being able to afford a plastic surgeon was much higher than her decision to let “someone that was affordable” inject her “on a couch with a red cookout cup,” as she told Vanzant. It wasn’t long before the ex-model became addicted to the injections, saying “I would find a dent, I would call… It was so addictive. It was like I was in a crack house.” Now Cruz-Dilworth is left disfigured and with excruciating pain on a daily basis.
“I developed something called granuloma,” she explained. “When they were injecting me, the silicone migrated to different parts of my body. It went down; you know, it’s gravity.
“My nerves are damaged because of it. I have scar tissue inside of me. I have severe swelling. I was maybe at about 42 inches around my hips, but now because of the swelling and inflammation, my hips are like a 47. This foreign substance is a part of me now.”
And that’s just the physical toll the procedure has taken on her. Cruz-Dilworth also found herself in legal trouble because not only did she repeatedly get butt injections herself, she started injecting other women as well. In November 2010 Cruz-Dilworth was indicted for injecting “infection-inducing substances…sealed with liquid adhesives such as Krazy Glue” which left six women hospitalized and another who required multiple surgeries, prosecutors argued. A year later the case was thrown out on a technicality, but the 32-year-old still has to deal with the reality of what she did to those women and herself.
“I do know that I will never be 100 percent normal again,” she said. “I’m accepting it. I have no other choice.”
Cruz-Dilworth’s episode airs at 9 pm on OWN Saturday.