Top Model creator and lead judge Tyra Banks surprised the transgendered eleventh-season contestant with an announcement that she's arranged free sex reassignment surgery for King during a pre-taped episode of The Tyra Banks Show that will air on Tuesday, Us Weeklyreported Monday.
"This is not happening!" King when Banks surprised her with the news, according to Us. "[I feel] like I'm about to wake up."
The 22-year-old program assistant from Prince George's County, MD -- who was born Darrell Walls -- had yet to have the surgery because she was unable to afford the $20,000 to $35,000 price tag.
The surgery will be performed and paid for by Dr. Marci Bowers, a gender reassignment surgeon who has experienced the surgery herself, Us reported.
King -- the first transgendered contestant in the show's history -- was the fifth girl eliminated from Top Model's currently-airing eleventh season.
"I look at it like yes, I'm the first transgender contestant, but okay, lets move past it now," King explained on The Tyra Banks Show. "I'm just a woman trying to compete just like everyone else."
King had previously stated she felt like she was "born physically male" but "mentally, everything else, I was going female" -- a sentiment she reiterated on The Tyra Banks Show.
"It's hard. I try not to think about it because it is something I'm really passionate about," King told Banks about being transgendered. "I feel like I really was born in the wrong body, and it's just the one thing that makes me feel uncomfortable."
King wouldn't allow photos of herself as a male to be shown during Top Model's eleventh season, however they will reportedly air as part of the Tuesday segment on The Tyra Banks Show.
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