PADGE-VICTORIA Windslowe, the self-proclaimed "Michelangelo of buttocks injections," testified yesterday on cross-examination that she had enhanced the butts of celebrities like model Amber Rose and had even been sought out by the likes of rapper Nicki Minaj.
"Amber was like a walking billboard," she said.
Windslowe, who goes by the stage name "Black Madam," explained that Philly-native Rose had come to see her for injections prior to her fame-days.
She claimed that rapper Kanye West, who had dated the model, even once dropped Rose off for a procedure.
Minaj, however, never made it to their alleged appointment, Windslowe testified.
When asked by Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega why someone who was dating Kanye West wouldn't go to a licensed plastic surgeon, Windslowe responded: "I was the best, and I don't mean that to be cocky."
Her customers, she said, also included the girlfriends of music artists Mario and Chris Brown.
During cross-examination, Windslowe also testified that Rose brought her good business from "VH1 girls."
Neither Rose nor her representatives could be reached for comment yesterday.
Windslowe, 45, is on trial for third-degree murder in the 2011 death of Claudia Aderotimi, a 20-year-old British student. She is also charged with aggravated assault in relation to the alleged injuries suffered by Sherkeeia King, 23, as a result of receiving butt injections.
Windslowe used low-grade industrial silicone with Aderotimi who originally wanted high-grade silicone but couldn't afford it after customs confiscated a portion of the cash she had brought with her to Philadelphia.
"She wanted a really big butt," Windslowe testified yesterday.
Aderotimi became ill after receiving the injections and later died at a local hospital. An autopsy revealed that the liquid silicon had traveled through her blood and into her brain, liver and lungs, causing her death.
Earlier in the week, King testified that she had to be hospitalized for 15 days after coughing blood and experiencing a high fever after receiving the injections.
During cross-examination, Vega asked Windslowe whether she was aware of the dangers of the silicon she used on her clients. She replied that she was told that it was "safe enough to drink."
Windslowe testified that she had used the silicon on herself, injecting her face, butt, hips and labia.
Medical experts have established that liquid silicon is no longer used for plastic surgery because of its risk of spreading away from the site of injection and into the bloodstream.
During questioning, Windslowe admitted that she had no formal medical training, but said that she had been taught by a nurse in Washington Heights, N.Y.
She told the court that she injected "thousands of girls" and that there had never been any problems.
Windslowe said, while the money was good, her primary motivation for her injection business, was to make girls feel proud of themselves and their bodies.
She explained that many of her transgender customers wanted butt and hip injections for a more feminine look.
Windslowe, born Forrest Leon Gordon, said she had a sex-change operation in Ecuador, South America in 1994. She said that while she was there, she learned body sculpting techniques from the doctor who performed her surgery.
Yesterday, she was questioned about her multiple names, addresses and business ventures, which included an escort service she ran from 1993 until 2003. When Vega asked what sort of services the escorts provided, she said, "It wasn't always sexual, some men just wanted companionship."
"[One] customer just wanted a girl to step on Twinkies while she wore $1,200 high heels," she said.
Windslowe said she halted her escort business after the death of her father in 2003, saying she didn't feel comfortable with it any longer.
Vega persisted with his cross-examination asking Windslowe to clarify her numerous addresses and eight different phone numbers, which she allegedly kept for her different business operations. Visibly agitated, she stated, "You twist things, Mr. Vega."
Yesterday was Windslowe's second day on the stand. The cross- examination will continue on Monday before Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino.