An American mum who loathed being named Sheila and wanted a moniker that reflected her personality has legally changed her first name to Sexy.
A US judge approved the request from the 41-year-old mum of two this week.
In her application, the woman – formerly named Sheila Ranea Crabtree – called her given name "the ugliest one out there”.
She says that if the court didn't allow the switch to Sexy, she had two back-ups ready: Sinder (as in ‘Cinderella’) and Sparkle. If they had all failed, Crabtree would have chosen to legally change it to her middle name, which she has used for years.
"I told my husband privately that I would refuse to leave without a name change," she said.
Crabtree, from Pataskala, Ohio, was ready when the judge asked for the reasoning behind the name change.
“I feel like I’m a free-spirited person, I love to have fun, and this is the last piece to make my life complete,” she said.
The judge asked if her teenage daughters and husband approved of the change. They were all fine with it - in fact, her 15-year-old daughter, Bethany, had previously told a reporter that she thought "it's kind of funny".
With that, it was made official: she was now Sexy Ranea Crabtree.
Later, the mum told The Newark Advocate more about her decision, saying that she’d been thinking about the change or the past decade.
“[Sheila] did not suit me, and I just did not feel like it was meant for me,” she said.
“Sexy really suits my personality. I like to have a lot of fun and be adventurous and just live life to the fullest.
“I wear Victoria’s Secret clothes all the time. I was like, ‘Shoot, I’ll just go for Sexy'.”
Although she came under fire from strangers around the internet when news of the change was first reported, the 41-year-old hasn’t let it phase her.
"My friends and family, all those people who matter most, have been very positive and supportive. Even before my name got officially changed they started calling me 'Sexy'.
So what did Sexy Crabtree do to celebrate her big change? She went home to play cards and watch a movie with her husband and daughter, still thrilled by the events of the day.
‘‘I just feel so much better that I’m not burdened with an ugly name anymore," she said.
“Everything worked out wonderful and I couldn't be happier."
- AP and staff writers