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22 April 1964 |
Bowral, New South Wales, Australia
|Other names||Estelle Maria Croot|
Estelle Asmodelle (born 22 April 1964), formerly known as Estelle Maria Croot, is an Australian model, belly dancer, musician, activist, inventor, abstract artist and academic. She is known as Australia's first legal transsexual with the Births, Deaths and Marriages Department of New South Wales, and her transition helped gain recognition for transgender people in Australia. In 1986, she was labelled "Australia’s First Sex-Change Pin-up Girl". She is said to be the most photographed transsexual in Australia today.
Born in Bowral, New South Wales, Australia, and raised in Berrima, 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 a 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 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. 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.
After leaving University, Asmodelle worked briefly as an assistant photographer, while attending 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.
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. She returned to Australia and worked as a solo belly dancer.
During Asmodelle's dance career she traveled to Asian countries and had to face 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 a life of 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.
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. 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. 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.
Asmodelle continues to support other transgender/transsexual people who have become public about their transition. In 2015 there was some media in regards to Caitlyn Jenner, an interview was published to over a dozen newspapers in Australia whereby Estelle offered support Caitlyn Jenner 
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 Cleo (May 1987), People (Nov 1985 & 1993), Post (Dec 1988 Sep 1992), Penthouse Forum (1986 & 1991), New Idea (March 1986), She (July 1996), New Woman (June 1992 & 1998), Naughty Sydney (Cover – November 1991), Tomadachi (June 1991), Wellbeing (May 1989 & 1993), and Nature & Health (November 1997).
She made more than 100 radio interviews and dozens of television appearances in Australia and Japan as well, including Where Are They Now? (Channel 7), Sex/Life (Channel 10 TEN), Midday Show with Kerri Anne (Channel 9), World View (NHK Japan), Beat Takeashi (NHK Japan), Good Morning Australia (Channel 10), Day by Day (Channel 9), Vox Populi (SBS), A Current Affair (Channel 10), Midday Show with Ray Martin (Channel 9), and Terry Willisee Tonight (Channel 9).
After the media attention she garnered considerable publicity in Australia, but decided to live in Japan for a period of four and a half years, where she worked as a model 1988-1992. 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.
- 1989 – Ai to heisei no iro – Otoko (24 Hour Playboy)
- 1992 – Secret Fantasies
- 1994 – The Enchanted Dance
Earlier on in her modelling career she became "Australia's First Transsexual Pin-up" 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 nude in a mainstream magazine in Australia. Estelle Asmodelle was the face of the Supermodel Agency in Australia; she was their spokesman and main model during 1996-2000.
Asmodelle started painting abstract pieces from early childhood and while at Wollongong University, started creating large canvases. Her first solo exhibition was at Wollongong Regional Art Gallery, (now called the Wollongong City Gallery). During her varied career, Asmodelle continued to paint and exhibit, and while living in Japan also exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum  as part of the UNESCO International Friendship Exhibition in 1991. Asmodelle also started the Tokyo Eki (train station) Exhibition, displaying and selling her work in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Tokyo.
Asmodelle was also involved in group shows in Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Center For Digital Art LACDA. Since returning to Australia, Asmodelle has continued to exhibit in both solo exhibitions in Sydney and country NSW, as well as in group shows, one example is the Redfern Artist Group. Her work has been exhibited in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Sydney and regional NSW. Estelle has had numerous solo shows and participated in over 100 group shows, and her art website details some of her work at 'Abstract Artist'.
In 2010 Asmodelle published her first art book, entitled "Transience".
While modelling in Japan, Asmodelle also worked for several large Japanese technology companies as a technical consultant, these companies were: Mitsubishi, Nachi-Fujikoshi, NSK and Nippon Seiko K.K. It was the start of a career change, returning to an academic life. During that time, she developed several new technology patents. Asmodelle's patents in the Croot name, and Estelle's patents in the Asmodelle name:
Upon returning to Australia Asmodelle continued her technical consultant work alongside her modelling and painting. Then in 1998 she formed her own internet company, Ellenet Pty. Ltd. Calling on background in computers. According to media reports, Asmodelle has become something of an internet entrepreneur and continues to build a significant online presence. In 2016 Ellenet Pty. Ltd. was sold to Sandgate Solutions in Australia for an undisclosed sum.[not in citation given]
Since 2005 Asmodelle has also been recording composition of electronic music. Many music magazines feature her CDs and often write reviews such as a review in Evil Sponge. Other publicity for her activity includes Vents Magazine and Urban Mainstream Magazine.
Music and writing
Asmodelle has worked in film career and has also written an autobiography, "Anaesthetic Dream".
To date[when?] she has written one book – which is still seeking publication:
- 1998 – Anaesthetic Dream - an autobiography
- 2013 – Cosmology - the Ultimate Introduction
She has also written two screenplays, which have not been optioned at this time[when?]:
- Edge of Fear
- Pleasure Girl - When Robots Feel
Working as a musician Estelle Asmodelle, simply goes under the name "Asmodelle".
To date[when?] she has released seven albums, and two new pending releases, most are available at online outlets, while her website also said they were released physically:
- 2009 – Electronic Mischief
- 2010 – Transelectric
- 2010 – Dark Universe
- 2012 – Asmelectrix
- 2013 – Grooveatropolis Vol I
- 2013 – Electronic Mischief II
- 2014 – Near Earth Landscape
- 2015 – Dark Universe II
- 2015 – Monotonic Meditations
- 2015 – Improvera - Quite Moments
- 2016 – Grooveatropolis Vol II
In early 2011, Asmodelle was signed to a major music distribution label: "Blue Pie Records" as a featured artist, for worldwide distribution of her albums. but during early 2013 she moved over to Mondotunes distribution.
In September 2015, Asmodelle became a Bronze Medal Winner, with Grooveatropolis Vol I 
Asmodelle published several papers with the peer-reviewed Journal of the Institute of Science and Technology.[not in citation given] Between late 2010 to mid 2011 she joined the part-time staff of Cosmos as a science writer, in the field of physics/space, and published six articles. The first of were "Neptune's day measured to the second" and "The Milky Way is a galactic cannibal".
Academic papers published
- The Controversy over the Presence of Water on the Moon.
- Origins 2: The General Theory of Relativity.
- Origins 1: The Special Theory of Relativity.
- Australian Telescopes: a Retrospective.
- 10 Vital Questions to 10 Notable Physicists - Part 1: An interview with Professor Lawrence M. Krauss.
- Einstein Editorial for Asian Journal of Physics 2015: An anniversary edition.
- The Collaboration of Mileva Marić and Albert Einstein: A contemporary review.
Asmodelle is an active student member of the Institute of Physics in the UK, a full member of the Newcastle Astronomical Society, a student member of the Australian Society for General Relativity & Gravitation, and runs her own astronomy and cosmology blog, "Relative Cosmos".
During late 2011, as a result of Asmodelle's Cosmos magazine articles, several astronomical societies asked her to give presentations on astronomy and cosmology. She has given four presentation each since on areas such as "Cosmology and the role of the General Theory of Relativity", "GAIA: the Dawn of High Precision Micro-Arcsecond Astrometry", and "Water on the Moon". Some of the societies in question are Newcastle Astronomical Society (NAS),[not in citation given] Sutherland Astronomical Society,[not in citation given] and Astronomical Society of New South Wales.[not in citation given]
In early 2013 Asmodelle became a Fellow of the Institute of Science and Technology IST.[not in citation given] Additionally, in May 2013 the Express Advocate published an article about an introduction to cosmology Asmodelle was running at the Central Coast Community College on the Ourimbah campus of Newcastle University, in the Central Coast of NSW.
In June 2012 Asmodelle became a Member of the Australian Society of Gravitation and General Relativity, and in May 2013 also became a Member of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation (ISGRG).
- The Daily Mirror (Australia) Newspaper 13 October 1987
- Highlands Post Newspaper 10 January 1986
- Australian Playgirl Magazine for men, May 1986
- The Sunday Times May 1986
- Australian Illawarra Mercury Newspaper, 15 May 1982
- Highlands Post (Australia) Newspaper Friday, 21 October 1987
- Nature & Health Magazine (Australia) November Issue 1997
- Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Newspaper May 1986
- Australian Post Magazine, 3 December 1988
- Polare Magazine, Issue 82, 2005
- Australian Illawarra Mercury Newspaper, 14 October 1987
- Australian Highlands Post Newspaper 21 October 1987
- Australian Daily Mirror Newspaper 9 October 1987
- WACHSMUTH, LISA (3 June 2015). "Transgender pioneer applauds Jenner's rebirth". Illawarra Mercury.
- Penthouse Forum (magazine)|Forum Vol:2, No:1, 1991
- Star Observer newspaper (Australia), 12 July 1996
- Estelle Asmodelle at the Internet Movie Database
- Australian Truth Newspaper, 30 November 1991
- She magazine (Australia), 13 June 1996
- Wollongong City Gallery website
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum website
- DAAO Artist Database
- Los Angeles Center For Digital Art LACDA website
- "Redfern Artists Group".
- Arts Bark Nov 2008 Issue 41 - page 3 web page
- "Abstract Expressionism - Estelle Asmodelle". Abstract Artist.
- Asmodelle, Estelle (11 September 2010). "Transience". lulu.com – via Amazon.
- "Croot, Estelle patents in Australia". www.ipaustralia.com.au.
- "Asmodelle, Estelle Miss patents in Australia". www.ipaustralia.com.au.
- Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Newspaper 26 February 2008
- "The coming dot AU property boom - BizTech - Technology". www.brisbanetimes.com.au.
- "Sandgate Solutions".
- "Album: Electronic Mischief by Asmodelle". EvilSponge.
- "Vents Interviews: Asmodelle". Vents. 28 July 2010.
- "Issue 54 Urban Mainstream Magazine Vol#3".
- "Estelle Asmodelle". academia.edu. University of Central Lancashire.
- "Anaesthetic Dream".
- Featured Artist: Asmodelle
- "Asmodelle". www.triplejunearthed.com.
- BothEyesShut (28 October 2013). "Asmodelle releases new LP 'Grooveatropolis'".
-  Bronze Medal Winner
- "IST Journal Publication - IST - Institute of Science & Technology".
- Asmodelle, Estelle (4 July 2011). "Neptune's day measured to the second". COSMOS magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- Asmodelle, Estelle (18 July 2011). "The Milky Way is a galactic cannibal". COSMOS magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2012.
- The Controversy over the Presence of Water on the Moon 2012
- "Origins: The General Theory of Relativity".
- "Origins: The Special Theory of Relativity".
- "Australian Telescopes: A Retrospective".
- "10 Vital Questions to 10 Notable Physicists".
- "Einstein Editorial for Asian Journal of Physics 2015".
- Asmodelle, Estelle (27 March 2015). "The collaboration of Mileva Maric and Albert Einstein" – via arXiv.org.
- "Relative Cosmos blog".
- "Newcastle Astronomical Society - Facebook".
- "Welcome to the ASNSW! - The Astronomical Society".
- "IST - Institute of Science and Technology".
- "Looking at the big picture with Central Coast cosmology course".
- Estelle's listing on ASGRG
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