From Sonia Estal: Burlesque goddess Cassandra Cass stuns audiences with her jaw-dropping performances and endless confidence – but her life has not always been so glamorous. The 33-year-old was raised as a farm boy by an overbearing father, and was disowned by her family when she revealed her desire to become a beautiful woman. When she was just 18, Cassandra packed up her car and drove 1,500 miles from Iowa to Florida, where she stumbled across the burlesque scene and decided to unleash her own inner diva. Her transition and subsequent plastic surgery cost over $250,000, and Cassandra has had almost every cosmetic procedure possible, including numerous breast augmentation surgeries and bum implants. Now a successful Hollywood performer and actress, Cassandra is encouraging other people to stand up to discrimination and follow their dreams.