UPDATE: Jasmine Tridevil’s triple set is a prosthetic, according to TMZ.
A Tampa woman who claims to have undergone plastic surgery to add a third breast is making the rounds on TV, radio and social media in an apparent attempt to score her own reality TV show.
The 21-year-old, who goes by the alias Jasmine Tridevil, got her share of triple-takes when she posted videos and pictures of herself showing off her third breast, clad in custom-made bikinis.
But is she pranking us three times over?
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The rumor and urban myths-debunking website Snopes.com voiced some concerns, including the fact that all pictures and videos have been taken and posted by Tridevil herself.
On her Facebook page, Tridevil posted on Sept. 17 that she was flying to New York to appear on Inside Edition the following Monday, then Jimmy Kimmel Live and Vice magazine among others.
However, Inside Edition’s website doesn’t indicate a connection with Tridevil and there are no publishged plans that have her as Jimmy Kimmel’s guest.
Snopes.com also reported that the jasminetridevil.com domain was registered by a woman named Alisha Jasmine Hessler. Records show that the website was registered on Aug. 7, 2014, at the Internet domain registrar website GoDaddy.com.
According to Snopes.com, Hessler is listed as the manager for “Alisha’s Golden Touch” on the small-business website manta.com. The business’ address is listed as East Morgan Street in Tarpon Springs, Fla., which is about an hour north of Tampa. The business listing also claims to be the “provider of internet hoaxes since 2014” and “specialist in massage for three breasted woman” in its About section. Hessler’s profile picture on her YouTube page bears resemblance to Tridevil.
Besides the hoax connection, Hessler was arrested and booked at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office on March 14, 2013, on one charge of fraudulent use of personal information.
Hessler made headlines in December last year when she gave a man who attacked her the choice of being arrested or sitting at a busy intersection in Tampa for eight hours wearing a dunce cap and holding up a sign that read “I beat women. Honk if I’m a scumbag.”
“He’s doing it because he doesn’t want to go to jail,” Hessler, then 20, told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa. She said she had met the man during a night of clubbing. After refusing his advances, Hessler was beaten repeatedly, leaving her with a broken nose and a concussion, according to WFTS.
A police report was filed the following day, but Hessler proceeded to track down her perpetrator on Facebook and made him choose between the public humiliation or an arrest.
She signed a complaint withdrawal and did not press charges.
Hessler said she also wanted to have the man sign a waiver allowing her to beat him for 10 minutes, but decided it was too risky.
Skepticism and doubts notwithstanding, Tridevil’s videos are viral.
Since posting her first YouTube video a month ago, the 52-second clip of her displaying her unusual cleavage in a dimly lit room dressed in a pink bikini has cracked the two-million views mark and made her an internet sensation overnight.
In a recent interview with Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando, Tridevil, who says she is a licensed massage therapist, claimed the surgery cost $20,000 and required her to call between 50 and 60 doctors.
“They did have an issue with it and it was really hard finding somebody that would do it, too, because they’re breaking the code of ethics,” Tridevil told the radio show. “And that’s why he made me sign a non-disclosure agreement, because he’s afraid that he could get in trouble. Nobody wanted to do it.”
Tridevil also claims to have gotten a mini-implant to mimic a nipple. “For a while it didn’t have an areola but I got a tattoo,” Tridevil said on the radio show.
She is now trying to parlay her new-found fame into her own reality TV show.
“My whole dream is to get this show on MTV,” Tridevil said. “I hired a camera crew individually, so I’m the producer of this show right now. I saved up for two years and I didn’t spend any of that money. And I’m dumping every penny I have into this. So if this doesn’t work, I’m screwed.”
When asked why she got the surgery in the first place, Tridevil told the radio show she wanted to make herself unattractive to men.
“Because I don’t want to date anymore,” Tridevil said.
She said that she revealed her shocking transformation to her parents on camera and that the surgery was taped as well. All of it, she said, will appear in her show.
“My mom ran out the door,” Tridevil said. “She won’t talk to me. She won’t let my sister talk to me. I told my dad on camera, too. He really isn’t happy. He’s kind of ashamed of me. But he accepted it.”
Tridevil‘s pictures have evoked memories of the 1990 movie Total Recall, in which a prostitute from Mars also has three breasts.