Friday, May 8, 2009

The Hermaphrodite: Barry Kenneth Cossey or Caroline "Tula" Cossey

Caroline "Tula" Cossey (born 31 August 1954) is an English model. Born Barry Kenneth Cossey, she is one of the world's most well known transsexuals, having appeared in a James Bond film and been the first to pose for Playboy. Since being outed by British tabloid News of the World, Cossey has fought for her right to legally marry a man and to be recognized by the law as a woman.

Caroline(nee Barry) Cossey was born in the village of Brooke, Norfolk, England, and was already somewhat feminine due to having XXXY chromosomes,a condition known as Klinefelter's Syndrome she never got along with her peers,preferring instead the company of her sister Pam,with whom they would play at dressing in their mother's clothing.

At the age of 17, Caroline started hormone therapy and began living as a woman full time,soon after beginning transition she began a career as a showgirl and, after breast augmentation surgery, a topless dancer, working in nightclubs in London, Paris and Rome. After initial shock, Carolines parents were very supportive,what followed was years of hormonal and psychological treatment,legally changing her name,and finally sex reassignment surgery (SRS) on December 31, 1974 at Charing Cross Hospital in London. Post-op, Caroline's career took off. No longer a topless burlesque dancer, she became a highly sought-after glamour model and commercials actress, in an age when her lanky, other-worldly looks were the height of fashion. Caroline even posed in Playboy Magazine in 1981. However, all of this attention would pale in comparison to when she was cast as an extra in "For Your Eyes Only" finally fulfilling her childhood dream of being a Bond girl.

Shortly after the film’s release, in 1982, the tabloid News of the World did what it had been threatening to do for quite a while and revealed that Caroline was a transsexual, which brought her modelling career and hopes of becoming an actress to a halt.

She was in deep despair, but decided to fight it head on. In the same year, she responded by releasing I Am a Woman, her first autobiography, which sought in straightforward terms to defuse the situation by telling the story in full, from her point of view. If anything, the press coverage intensified, but now it was largely sympathetic. Eventually, Tula was able to return to modelling. But a career on a bigger stage was now irretrievably gone.

Des Lynham On His Relationship with Caroline "Tula" Cossey

A confirmed ladies' man ('I love the company of women, love toying with the best looker at the party'), Lynam had been divorced for five years when his eye was taken, in 1979, by Caroline Cossey, a smooth-skinned model who measured 37-24-37. Yet Cossey had a secret. She had once been a man called Barry. 'He was the most wonderful, passionate kisser,' Cossey told the tabloids shortly after Lynam ended their relationship. 'He was very touchy-feely and very physical.' Des, meanwhile, appeared to be suffering from amnesia. 'Unless I was absolutely psychotic,' he said, 'I don't ever remember making love to her.'

Story Continues...


  1. This distance from her navel to her bikini line(or his) is way too long. Do men have bikini lines or hermaphrodites?

    It is the same distance as Jennifer Aniston and Gwen Stefani.

  2. This is something. How all these he-shes has been in hollywood all this time. I remember when this story hit the news. Damn!!

  3. @ 11:03PM

    This is extremely weird! They are still in Hollywood, entertaining us and it looks like there are more than one "hermaphrodite" in that group picture.

  4. She was not a hermaphrodite. She is a transexual woman. Intersex is the proper term for hermaphrodite.

  5. ^^^^^^^correction. Hermaphrodite is THE ORIGINAL NAME. Fuck what ya heard. Who cares what the new name is.

  6. Un-educated Idiots! You should actually research the difference between Hermathrodites, intersex and transsexuals...besides, none of these have anything to do with incest!!!!

  7. I don't care whether she is hermaphrodite, transsexual, intersex or whatever. People are way too cruel about others that have this happen in their lives. What of Caster Semenya? Do you think it was cruel what was done to (now) her? Time to grow up people - we are not all born the same. Be kind in your comments & thoughts if you are slightest bit moral.

  8. Tula is not a hermaphrodite ! She is a transsexual ! Hermaphrodite is a term from Greek mythology...Hermes & Aphrodite (mother & son) had an encounter and the offspring was hermaphrodite. The respectful term, instead of hermaphrodite, is intersex. Tula has a chromosomal condition called Kleinfelter's syndrome. She is not intersex. She is transsexual !

  9. They all were once called "hermaphrodites".

    The media decided to use terms such as intersex, transgender etc.

    A person whose gender isn't defined at birth is called a hermaphrodite.

    They are also called transgendered because they have the option of transitioning from one gender to the next (through the gender reassignment surgery).

    Tula was born hermaphrodite.

  10. Being a true hermaphrodite myself I can assure you the condition has nothing to due with incest!

    A True Hermaphrodite is having been born with both male and female sexual organs and chromosomes.

    Tula is not and was not born a hermaphrodite. She is infact a transsexual... Meaning her primary and secondary sexual characteristics where via hormone therapy, breast implants, and sex-reassignment surgery.


  11. ^^^^^Hermaphroditism is a disorder of the 23rd chromosome---the sex gene! Most chromosomal defects ARE FROM incest! Unless there is some environmental/chemical factor involved, that is USUALLY what messes up DNA! What makes this disorder any different??? The medical association refuses to tell the truth and this is their best kept secret! ESPECIALLY when it comes to genetics! Your parents/family members are lying to you!

  12. Caroline, Iam a hermaprodite, and justwantedto let you know IF you ever just wantto talkl, I am available. and willing to just simply talk.

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