Oli, 31, from London, first hit headlines in October 2018 after news broke that they had spent over £75,000 on 15 surgeries to look Korean, causing a massive backlash on social media.
Now, Oli has come out as a transgender woman who identifies with ‘they’ pronouns – and has said they ‘finally feel like I have become the person I was born to be’ after struggling with their identity for eight years.
Revelation: Influencer Oli London has come out as a Korean transgender woman, just two years after causing controversy by saying they identify as ‘transracial’
Controversy: Oli, 31, from London, first hit headlines in October 2018 after news broke that they had spent over £75,000 on surgeries to look Korean (pictured after recent surgery)
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Oli said: ‘While people know I recently had surgeries to transform my face, what I haven’t share with people yet is the recent surgeries I had are to help me to become a Korean woman.
‘Over the last eight years I have struggled with identity issues and always been confused about who I am. So last year I came out as transracial Korean and that was an important step in my transition process.
‘Now however, with my most recent surgeries I have been experimenting and exploring being a Korean woman and now feel ready to share with the world that I am gender fluid and now living as a Korean woman.’
Oli revealed they have started their transition and underwent surgery – including a 3D face lift and facial feminisation – at Medicci Aesthetics in Istanbul, Turkey, four weeks ago.
Identity: Now, Oli has come out as a transgender woman and said they ‘finally feel like I have become the person I was born to be’ after struggling with their identity for eight years
Before and after: Oli splashed out more than $140,000 on cosmetic surgery has revealed the extreme lengths they’d gone to look like a Korean popstar
They have had a total of 30 surgical procedures and have spent a total of £230,000 on surgeries, fillers and Botox over the last eight years.
They added: ‘Maybe all the confusion I have felt over the years and all the surgeries I have wanted was because I felt trapped in the wrong body, so I finally feel like I have become the person I was born to be.’
The internet personality said they have based their new look on Korean-New Zealand singer Rosé, who is a member of popular girl band Blackpink.
Speaking about Rosé, they added: ‘I love and adore her look and after going through hundreds of pictures of different Korean female singers I decided I liked her aesthetic the most.’
Oli, who recently appeared on Channel 4 documentaries titled Would You Rather?, said they have ‘never felt happier’ after claiming they identify as a Korean woman.
Operations: They have had a total of 30 surgical procedures and have spent a total of £230,000 on surgeries, fillers and Botox over the last eight years
Appearance: The internet personality said they have based their new look on Korean-New Zealand singer Rosé (Right), who is a member of popular girl band Blackpink
Journey: Oli’s surgeries include eye surgery, face and brow lifts, chest reduction and nose jobs – to resemble Jimin (pictured) from boyband BTS
They explained: ‘All of these procedures have helped me look more Korean and more feminine. I have started wearing women wigs and dressing like a woman in dresses and skirts and I have never felt happier, more beautiful and more confident.’
WHAT SURGERIES HAS OLI HAD?
Oli has spent £230,000 on surgeries, Botox and fillers over the past eight years. They have had a total of 30 surgeries.
- Six rhinoplasties
- Five tip plasty and septoplasty
- Anterior hairline lowering
- Forehead shaving
- Supraorbital rim shaving
- Blepharoplasty/cat eye lift
- Mid Face Lift
- Neck Lift
- Chin Shaving
- Lip Lift
- Buccal Fat Removal
- Two x Nipple correction (areola correction)
- Mandible angle reduction (jaw shaving)
- Zygoma Reduction (cheek bone shaving)
- Brow lift
- Forehead lift
- Cheek lift
- Genioplasty with T-osteotomy (chin contouring)
Addressing the controversy they caused by saying they identify as ‘transracial’, Oli claimed they view it in the same way as coming out as transgender.
They added: ‘I just want to say that I feel that being transracial is the same as being transgender.
‘There is always huge debate over this and I am very sensitive to peoples feelings but I feel if people can change gender then its equally significant and important for people to accept we can change race.
‘I get a lot of hate from the woke community who always praise and push for transgenderism, yet attack women and feminists online like J.K. Rowling for expressing their opinions.
‘These same people fail to respect transracialism and cannot see the clear parallels between changing gender and changing race.
‘I feel I am both transracial and transgender and I hope that people can finally equate both of these identities as equally important and respect both me and anyone else that is transracial, transgender or any other identity.
‘We all all the same species after all, human beings and should learn to love one another despite any differences we may have.’
It comes after they appeared on Channel 4’s Would You Rather?, where they clashed with an unnamed black woman who argued it is ‘harmful’ to suggest you can ‘switch’ ethnicity.
Oli insisted: ‘We all have the right to choose how we identify and choose who we want to be. I’m Korean and people need to accept that.’
And although Oli said they ‘help other people’ by sharing their experience online, the woman disagreed, saying: ‘Transracial does not exist and I think it is very very harmful to push the narrative that it is possible to switch races.’
The discussion sparked a furious debate in the comments, with one person writing: ‘Is Olly joking? Is this for real?? Totally agree with the woman, Olly is ridiculous.’
Meanwhile, another wrote: ‘This conversation is stupid, period, end of discussion. This is not a thing, it’s not even worth discussing.’
Joy: Oli, who recently appeared on Channel 4 documentaries titled Would You Rather?, said they have ‘never felt happier’ after claiming they identify as a Korean woman
Looking good: Oli said: ‘I have started wearing women wigs and dressing like a woman in dresses and skirts and I have never felt happier, more beautiful and more confident’
The debate began with Oli explaining they ‘identify as Korean’, saying: ‘I used to live in Korean for one year, I love the history, the culture and the people.
‘I’ve put myself through a lot of pain, I’ve had a lot of surgery procedures to have more of a Korean aesthetic.
‘I spent a lot of time learning the language, learning how to cook Korean foods.’
They explained how they had faced backlash after ‘coming out’ as transracial, saying: ‘People didn’t really get it. Not everyone will get it but I hope over time, people will be more accepting of me.’
But the woman appeared stunned by their comments, telling them that ‘transracial does not exist.’
Oli continued: ‘I was not happy the way I was, so I went to Korea and had the most incredible experience of my life, it changed me and gave me happiness. People do not have the right to take that happiness away from me.’
Surgery: Oli revealed they have started their transition and underwent surgery – including a 3D face lift and facial feminisation – at Medicci Aesthetics in Istanbul, Turkey, four weeks ago
Backlash: Addressing the controversy they caused by saying they identify as ‘transracial’, Oli claimed they view it in the same way as coming out as transgender
The woman responded: ‘I can’t sit up here and say, “Oh, I’m suddenly a white person”.
‘If you as a white person can sit up and say, “Oh I can be black or I can be Korean” and I can’t swap and benefit from the privilege you benefit from, then it’s clearly not an equal exchange.
‘Whiteness in this country has been set up in a way, how I interact with the police, how I interact with the medical system, can result with me dying.
‘Cultural appropriation essentially dictates people who are ethnic minority, whatever they do isn’t really of value.
‘You don’t deserve to be associated with something you created because a white person has either renamed it or used it for profit.
Clash: It comes after they appeared on Channel 4’s Would You Rather?, where they clashed with an unnamed black woman who argued it is ‘harmful’ to suggest you can ‘switch’ ethnicity
‘You are not a Korean man. No matter how much surgery you do or of the aesthetic you adopt.’
However Oli disagreed, continuing: ‘Nobody can take away what a minority group has been through. but when you do combine culture… millions of people now do adopt a lot of the Korean cultural aspects, through K-pop or K-drama.
‘They do adopt that, whether that’s a hair style or fashion style, living in Korea…’
The woman continued: ‘I think your skin colour has a lot to do with everything you’re doing. I think you need to recognise that white supremacy is a global issue.
‘What you’re essentially saying is you can change your race. You can’t change your race.’
Operations: Oli is pictured wearing bandages while recovering from recent facial surgeries, which he got four weeks ago in Turkey
Korean: Oli first made headlines in 2018 after news broke that they had spent over £75,000 on surgeries to look like K-pop star, Jimin from Korean boyband BTS
She added: ‘If you don’t recognise that power imbalance in what you’re doing and how its disrespectful top me, you’re proving the point that you’re doing this for money and attention.’
Oli said they agree with her, admitting ‘every person who was born Asian goes through struggles’.
They said: ‘I understand what you’re saying about white privilege. But I am not one of those people, I can completely different.
‘I don’t like being put in the same category as someone like that.
‘I understand some people might be offended by what I do but I’m not going out there and doing bad things, I’m not doing anything to hurt people.
‘I’m just living my truth and doing what makes me happy.’
Backlash: And last year, Oli caused controversy once again by coming out as a ‘non-binary person who identifies as Korean’ on social media
Oli first made headlines in 2018 after news broke that they had spent over £75,000 on surgeries to look like K-pop star, Jimin from Korean boyband BTS.
And last year, Oli caused controversy once again by coming out as a ‘non-binary person who identifies as Korean’ on social media.
In an Instagram post on June 16 last year, they, who stated their pronouns were ‘they/them/Korean/Jimin,’ referring to K-Pop star Park Jimin, took to Twitter and penned: ‘It feels so good to finally come out as a Korean non-binary person after being trapped in the wrong body and wrong culture my whole life.’
‘My new official Korean name is Park Jimin HueningKai Taeyong Imnida… I’m officially KOR/EAN.’
Acceptance: Oli said: ‘I feel I am both transracial and transgender and I hope that people can finally equate both of these identities as equally important’
Identity: They have previously commented on trolling and said that they wouldn’t let ‘bullies or trolls’ take away from who they think they are
After a backlash from social media users, they added: ‘I am Korean whether people accept it or not this is how I identify, this is what makes me happy. This is who I am. It’s in my DNA.’
Speaking to FEMAIL at the time, they commented on trolling and said: ‘It is sad during Pride Month, a month that celebrates diversity, equality and love that WOKE people would use my coming out and sharing my non-binary Korean identify, something that took me many years to understand and accept and took me enormous courage to share with the world – and use it as a platform to bully, degrade and dehumanise me and the LGBT community.
They continued: ‘While I recognise that a lot of people don’t understand how I identify, and may find it unusual – being Korean and feeling Korean is part of who I am and how I feel. And I will never allow a single woke person, bully or troll to take that away from me.’
‘I have gone through extreme lifestyle changes to become who I am today and have lived in Korea, I eat Korean food everyday, use Korean skincare, have plastic surgery to look Korean and I speak the Korean language – all of this shapes me as a person and my identify as a non-binary Korean person.’
Transracial: The people who claim to have transitioned races – and compare their struggles to transgender people
Transracial people identify as a different race than the one associated with their biological ancestry.
They may adjust their appearance to make themselves look more like that race, and they may participate in activities associated with that race.
Perhaps most famously, Rachel Dolezal – who posed as a black woman for more than ten years – claimed in 2017 that ethnicity is not biological and compared being ‘transracial’ to being transgender in an interview with BBC’s Newsnight.
Dolezal, from Spokane, Washington, said in the interview: ‘Gender is understood – we’ve progressed, we’ve evolved to understanding that gender is not binary.’
She added: ‘It’s not even biological. But what strikes me as so odd is that race isn’t biological either.
‘And actually race has been to some extent less biological than gender, if you really think about history and our bodies.
‘There isn’t, like, white blood and black blood.’
Critics online said that Dolezal was using cultural appropriation to become a black woman, and that Dolezal wanted to ‘steal things from other cultures to be trendy’.
Richard Dawkins was later stripped of his ‘Humanist of the Year’ title after comparing transgender people to Dolezal.