Estelle Asmodelle

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Estelle Asmodelle

Photo courtesy of Estelle Asmodelle.
Born(1964-04-22) 22 April 1964 (age 48)
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesEstelle Maria Croot
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Estelle Asmodelle

Photo courtesy of Estelle Asmodelle.
Born(1964-04-22) 22 April 1964 (age 48)
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesEstelle Maria Croot

Estelle Asmodelle (born 22 April 1964, Bowral, New South Wales, Australia), formerly known as Estelle Maria Croot, is an Australian model, belly dancer, writer, musician and actress. She is known as Australia's first legal transsexual with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department of New South Wales.[1]

Asmodelle is an Australian transsexual who was instrumental in gaining recognition for transsexual and transgender people through her solo campaign to gain rights for transsexuals.[2] In 1986, she was labelled "Australia’s First Sex-Change Pin-up Girl".[3] She is said to be the most photographed transsexual in Australia today.[4]


Early life

Born in Bowral, and raised in Berrima, New South Wales, Asmodelle is the first child of Barry and Sylvia Croot. Her name at birth has not been disclosed. She has a sister, Belinda. She attended Chevalier College (then a boys-only school) and Moss Vale High School, where she frequently won first place in various subjects. When she was 16 years old she became seriously ill with spinal meningitis and spent almost one year in hospital. She used a wheelchair for some months and made a complete recovery.

After working briefly in Sydney, she moved to Wollongong and attended Wollongong University where she studied towards two degrees, a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Mathematics, with the hope of becoming a research scientist. As a student she also worked in music ensembles, such as N-lettes and Miscellaneous Music[5] composing and playing experimental and sometimes avant-garde musical art.

During the university period she experienced discrimination by members of the academic staff because of her transsexuality.[6] For this reason, she left the University to focus on art and music. She became a dancer, believing that dance was the true artistic synthesis of art and music.[7]

Dance career

After working briefly in Sydney as an assistant photographer, she attended dance classes at Sydney Dance Company and also with an Authentic Egyptian Dance instructor. Six weeks after starting belly dance classes she gained work as a dancer.[8]

As time passed she worked in many shows both in Australia and Asia. She was typically featured as the variety act for such shows as Esma Duo, Paris by Night, Las Vegas Under Lights and Les Girls.[9] She returned to Australia and worked as a solo belly dancer.


During Asmodelle's dance career she travelled to Asian countries and experienced many legal difficulties, especially in Singapore where she was detained, because her passport denoted an M (for male). She suffered serious problems with various customs officials and became determined to change the laws in Australia so as she could live as a normal woman. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade policy was to issue passports bearing the gender designation F only to those transsexuals who could demonstrate that they had completed sex reassignment surgery.[10]

Asmodelle continually sent letters and requests to the Attorney's General's Department of the Australian Government and eventually received confirmation that her requests were answered.[11] Others had also been lobbying for changes to the New South Wales government, especially the Attorney-General of N.S.W., for the right to amend birth certificates. Asmodelle was asked to go to the NSW Department of Births Deaths and Marriages and have her birth certificate amended. It was the first such amendment, making Estelle Asmodelle the first Legal Transsexual by recognition of the new name in the new gender.[12] Months later, as a result of this action, passport sex designation was allowed to be amended as well. A year later Asmodelle lobbied for anti-discrimination laws to be amended and also for the state hospitals ethics boards to allow research into ectopic pregnancy for sex-change women.[13]


After a media storm during that period she decided to focus on her career. However her appearances were very extensive including hundreds of newspapers articles, and hundreds of magazine articles, including:

She made more than 100 radio interviews and dozens of television appearances in Australia and Japan as well, including:

Film work

After the media attention she garnered considerable publicity in Australia, but decided to live in Japan for a couple of years.[14] It was there that she made her film debut, a walk in and walk out part, in a film by Japanese director Yoshimitsu Morita. It was made for the local Japanese market and never made it out of Japan. On returning to Australia, her next film was The Enchanted Dance, a documentary film about authentic belly dancing. It went international on video but was not released on DVD.[15]


Previous films:

Current Productions


Earlier on in her modelling career she became "Australia's First Transsexual Pin-up"[16] by appearing nude in Australian Playgirl, unlike the US version of the magazine, the publication featured girls and not men, and it was the first time a transsexual had appeared in a mainstream magazine in Australia being nude.[17] Estelle Asmodelle is also the face of the Supermodel Agency in Australia; she has been their spokesmodel and main model since 1996.


Asmodelle runs her own network of modelling websites as well as her own internet company, Ellenet Pty. Ltd. She has also acquired Night Star Pictures, an Australian film production company. According to media reports, Asmodelle has become something of an internet entrepreneur[18] and continues to build a significant online presence.[19]

However it seems, although Asmodelle has modelled for some magazines, some of her work of late is with recording of electronic music. Many music magazines feature her CDs and often write reviews such as a review in Evil Sponge.[20] Perhaps her fame has assisted Asmodelle's music career - in any case - there is continuing publicity about her activity, two examples are: Vents Magazine[21] and Urban Mainstream Magazine.[22]

Music and writing

Asmodelle has worked on her film career and hopes to launch her new cinema feature early 2012 as well a the proposed publishing of her autobiography, Anaesthetic Dream.

To date Asmodelle has written two books – which are still seeking publication:

She has also written two screenplays, which have not been optioned at this time:

Asmodelle is a member of Australian Society of Authors.

There is also an electronic music website that offers her compositions as well.[23]

To date she has released six albums, which are available at iTunes, Amazon and most other online outlets, while her website also said they were released physically:

In early 2011, Asmodelle was signed to a major music distribution label: Blue Pie Records as a featured artist, for world wide distribution of her albums.[24]

She is a featured artist on Triple J's Unearthed as well.[25]


Asmodelle has returned to academia, and is studying at the University of Central Lancashire in the field of astrophysics [26] and has published three papers with the Journal of the Institute of Science and Technology. Furthermore she has joined the part-time staff of COSMOS as a science writer, in the field of Physics/Space, and has published a couple of related articles on Neptune[27][28] and the Milky Way.[29]

Three academic papers published by Asmodelle during 2010–2011 are:

Asmodelle is also an active member of the Institute of Physics in the UK, and also runs her own Astronomy & Cosmology blog.[33]


  1. ^ The Daily Mirror (Australia) Newspaper 13 October 1987
  2. ^ Highlands Post Newspaper 10 January 1986
  3. ^ Australian Playgirl Magazine for men, May 1986
  4. ^ The Sunday Times May 1986
  5. ^ Australian Illawarra Mercury Newspaper, 15 May 1982
  6. ^ Highlands Post (Australia) Newspaper Friday, 21 October 1987
  7. ^ Nature & Health Magazine (Australia) November Issue 1997
  8. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Newspaper May 1986
  9. ^ Australian Post Magazine, 3 December 1988
  10. ^ Polare Magazine, Issue 82, 2005
  11. ^ Australian Illawarra Mercury Newspaper, 14 October 1987
  12. ^ Australian Highlands Post Newspaper 21 October 1987
  13. ^ Australian Daily Mirror Newspaper 9 October 1987
  14. ^ Penthouse Forum (magazine)|Forum Vol:2, No:1, 1991
  15. ^ Star Observer newspaper (Australia), 12 July 1996
  16. ^ Australian Truth Newspaper, 30 November 1991
  17. ^ She magazine (Australia), 13 June 1996
  18. ^ Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Newspaper 26 February 2008
  19. ^ Brisbane Times article
  20. ^ Evil Sponge 2010 review
  21. ^ Vents Magazine 2010 article
  22. ^ Urban Mainstream February Issue 54 2010 article
  23. ^ Asmodelle's Music
  24. ^ Featured Artist: Asmodelle
  25. ^ Triple J UnEarthed
  26. ^ Academia
  27. ^ Neptune's day measured to the second 4 July 2011
  28. ^ Asmodelle, Estelle (4 July 2011). "Neptune's day measured to the second". COSMOS magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  29. ^ Asmodelle, Estelle (18 July 2011). "The Milky Way is a galactic cannibal". COSMOS magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  30. ^ Australian Telescopes: a Retrospective 2010
  31. ^ Origins: The Special Theory of Relativity 2011
  32. ^ An interview with Professor Lawrence M. Krauss. 2010
  33. ^ [1]

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