Tyra Banks Surprises "Model" Contestant With Sex Change Operation

12/18/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Tyra Banks surprises Isis King, the first transgender contestant on America's Next Top Model, with sex reassignment surgery in an episode of her talk show to air Tuesday.

"This is not happening!" King, who was born Darrell Walls, says when Banks introduces her to Dr. Marci Bowers, a leading gender reassignment surgeon who has experienced the surgery herself. Bowers is paying for the surgery.

"[I feel] like I'm about to wake up," says King - who lived in a homeless shelter in Maryland before trying out for the show.

The 22-year-old hadn't gone under the knife yet because she couldn't afford the $20,000 to $35,000 price tag.

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