A transgender woman and Britney Spears impersonator who has spent over £10,000 on cosmetic surgery, including botox and a boob job, says punters often mistake her for the real thing. Pavie Valsa “lived in pain” until she moved to the capital in 2016, where she went out and started dressing as a woman.
Last year, she secured a residency at cocktail bar Tonight Josephine in Waterloo, where she performs as It’s Britney Brunch four days a week. The 27-year-old, who battled anxiety and depression as a teenager after being ‘trapped in the wrong body’, says she finally feels confident and comfortable with herself after the transition.
The show, which sees the star syncing to unforgettable Britney hits like Toxic and Hit Me Baby One More Time, has become a huge hit and Pavie, who lives in Finchley, north London, says after a few glasses of prosecco, guests begin to believe they are watching the real star.
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The bachelorette, who started hormone replacement therapy in 2019, has since spent £3,000 on chin, cheek, nose and lip fillers, brow lift and Botox, plus £7,000 on surgery breast augmentation, which she underwent in January this year at Harley Cosmetics London in the West End.
She said: “Even though I’m impersonating someone, I feel like I can finally live like myself. After I came out in 2017, a whole new world opened up. I live like my authentic me now. I’m so happy in my body. I feel happy, I feel confident. My whole life changed when I came out as a woman.
Performing as Britney came naturally to Pavie, who loves dancing in sparkly dresses and lip-synching to hits like Womanizer, saying people actually mistake her for the pop icon when she’s in full makeup, although Britney is just over 5ft 3in, while she stands at 5ft 8in.
And, after more than a year of performing as a superstar – with fans paying between £39 and £50, including bottomless prosecco, beer and spritz cocktails to watch – Pavie says she is surprised sometimes laughing or smiling like Britney, even when she’s out of disguise.
She said: “When I’m dressed like her and performing on her hits, it really gives people the illusion that they’re watching Britney. I try to give them the Britney experience and after a few glasses of prosecco they start to really believe it’s her.
“Sometimes when I laugh or smile, I’m shocked to find I’m doing it the way she does. I have to think about it to go from her to me. When I go out, so many people tell me I look like Britney, it’s crazy. And then I’m going to pull out the moves and everyone loves it. It’s so much fun.”
Pavie would love to extend an open invitation to Britney to come to one of her shows and would also be happy to offer her services as a double if she ever wanted a lure to evade paparazzi lenses. She added, “I would love for Britney to come see me, I think she would appreciate that. It would be an honor. Maybe she’ll think she’s looking at herself in the mirror.
“If she ever wants to get rid of the paparazzi, I’d love to be her lookalike so she can get away from them. She can contact me at any time.
Destined for a career in the spotlight, when Pavie was only four years old and lived as a child in her native Czech Republic, she entertained her family members with song and dance performances in their living room. “I was born to be on stage. It’s my destiny,” she added.
But finding her true identity has been a difficult journey for Pavie, who was often bullied at school, where she was called a “gay boy” because she had been very feminine since her teenage years. As a teenager, she didn’t know she was transgender, but says she was always on the female side and was called a “gay boy” by bullies at school.
Pavie added: “I was always the target of bullying because of the way I was, so it was really difficult. I was living in pain, not because I was struggling mentally, but I had l I felt like I was missing something. And in some ways, I felt like I was hiding.
Pavie moved to Australia on her own in 2013 when she was just 18 and eventually started to understand how she felt and started hanging out in gay bars. But it was when she moved to London three years later that she began to dress like a woman and became increasingly uncomfortable in her then male body.
She said: “I was always asked if I was a boy or a girl and I would just tell people I was asexual. I didn’t have gender dysphoria. But when I moved to London in 2016, I started dressing as a woman. In 2017 I got to the point where I was so uncomfortable with my pronoun being him and with my body. I felt like I wasn’t a man, I was a woman. It was such a big struggle.
Working as a make-up artist in a photo studio in London, she was surrounded by supportive people and found herself in a community of like-minded people, which boosted her self-confidence so that in 2019 she found the courage to come out to family members. as a transgender woman.
Pavie added: “In London I found a community where I felt I could be myself. Your environment is so important, especially when you are different. I was so lucky to work in a photo studio where a lot of employees were LGBT and they were all so supportive of me.
I spoke to my family as a female on the phone in 2019 and they took it very well, I think they needed more time to process when they found out I was gay in 2013. My mother told my father on the phone that she was destined to have a girl. It was a very beautiful moment for us. »
With the NHS waiting list for HRT expected to last more than three years, Pavie says she turned to a private practice in London and started treatment in April 2019, which cost her £2,000 over two years. At the time, suffering from depression and anxiety, she says the transition saved her life.
She explained: “Hormone treatment saved my life, I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t have it. He was sent from heaven. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I feel so at peace with who I am now. But before I started transitioning, I was going through a lot of anxiety and depression and didn’t want to see anyone. It was very isolating. »
In January 2020, Pavie began making visible changes to her face to align with her looks. And, after more than two years of hormone treatment, she finally had £7,000 breast implants in January 2022, taking her to a 34C cup, which she is “so happy about”.
She said: “I just want to be aligned with how I feel. And I’m so happy with the results. The hardest part of transitioning is when you know you’re trans and you start coming out. From there, you have to transform physically and psychologically into a woman, but it was really worth it, because these last years have been the best of my life.
The transition was a life-changing experience for Pavie, who urges people to be compassionate towards others going through the same process. She said: ‘I think compassion is so important to anyone who has never met a transgender person, who has no idea what it is. It’s so easy to judge. We should all be kind to each other.
“I want to make it easier for the next generation of trans people so they can feel good about themselves and be accepted. We are not weirdos or freaks, we are normal people who were born in the wrong body and want to live a happy life like everyone else.
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