This site is the most comprehensive on the web devoted to trans history and biography. Well over 1200 persons worthy of note, both famous and obscure, are discussed in detail, and many more are mentioned in passing - especially in the year-end summaries (see links in right sidebar.)

There is a detailed Index arranged by vocation, doctor, activist group etc.

In addition to this most articles have one or more labels at the bottom. Click one to go to similar persons. There is a full list of labels at the bottom of the page. There is also a search box at the top left. Enjoy exploring!

06 August 2008

Atisone Seiuli (1976–1998) sex worker, performer.

Saoaumaga Atisone Kenneth Seiuli was born to a Mormon family in American Samoa.

She was able to express her femininity as a teenager using the name Shalimar (after the French fragrance). She was cheerleading captain at school, and was Miss American Samoa Island Queen 1993.

By 1996 she had moved to Los Angeles and begun transition as Atisone Seiuli.

She already had one prostitution conviction, when on May 2, 1997 she was caught by police in the vehicle of film star Eddie Murphy, and arrested for violation of a ruling from the previous conviction. Within a few hours this was a media event. The National Enquirer paid her bail in exchange for an exclusive.

This was her career breakthrough. She acted in a pornography film, and became the ‘House Madame’ at the 7969 nightclub where she performed to celebrities as a dominatrix with live snakes.

She was troubled by death threats from Eddie Murphy fans. On April 22, 1998 she was dead, clad in her underwear only, outside her apartment building. The coroner concluded that she had locked herself out of her fifth-floor apartment and fallen while attempting to swing from the building roof to an open window using a towel.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This was her career breakthrough

Career breakthrough? How do you figure? She was dead less than a year later. This poor person, dead at the age of 21, didn't have a full life, let alone a full career.

-YA

Zagria said...

Are you unacquainted with the concept of irony?

Anonymous said...

I'm more acquainted with hero worship and superstar-celebrity bias (in favor of Eddie Murphy)attempting to make it look as if Atisone exploited her brush(along the thigh I believe it was) with fame rather than being ruined by it.

Thanks for pointing out I missed the nuance--maybe now I've commented no one else reading the bio will make the same mistake.

-YA



-YA

Lizzy said...

For what it's worth, you all, I got the irony without YA's help.

QweenMe said...

sounds like she got done in

yosyblac said...

Wow. What a story people do much worse and the irony is not that serious. That's not irony she died out of stupidity who swings from the roof top with a towel? "you read and you learn".