A woman who spent approximately $15,000 on illegal butt and hip injections has shed light on the secretive world of black market cosmetic procedures in a new book.
In a raw and honest account, Vanity Wonder, 30, a mother-of-two from America's Midwest, has revealed how she became addicted to silicone shots to increase the size of her behind.
Shot Girls sees her detail her own experiences of seeking out and having the injections, and how she became an assistant to a black market practitioner, who treated women as varied as a 17-year-old brought in by her proud mother and even a senior in her seventies with bifocals and false teeth.
'So many people tell so many lies about the women who get injections,' she explained. 'It's such a secretive thing. I decided to tell people rather than letting them just guess.'
Discussing the reasons women choose to undergo the procedure on the black market in the first place, risking infection and even death, she said it is not, as many people seem to believe, because they are trying to please a man, or are deeply depressed.
'It's not what people think,' she said. 'There's no common reason... Some girls get it done only because everyone else is. There's a lot of reasons.
When asked if the desire for a large behind could be described as a trend, Vanity agreed, adding that where there was a trend, there would be people prepared to cash in on it.
'People are taking advantage of it,' she said. 'But instead of paying $14,000 for the doctor, somebody on the street has created a way for women to get a butt at a cheaper price point.'
Indeed, she noticed this shift take place over the course of her own time getting black market butt injections.
'I started in 2006 - this is when everything was hush, hush, hush. You had to search to find this stuff,' she recalled. 'Now anyone on the corner will inject you with whatever they buy at the Kwik-E-Mart or at the gas station.'
Vanity is, of course, referring to stories that have flooded the news in recent months, of deaths after women were injected with Fix-A-Flat tyre sealant and even cement.
She admits that her own first experience with butt shots could have been just as dangerous, as she had no idea what she was injected with - and still doubts the answer she was given.