There's a new, more terrifying human Ken doll...
Believe it or not, there's more than one person who's made it his life's mission to reach Ken doll standards of perfection. The most recent addition to this bizarre little club is 31-year-old flight attendant Rodrigo Alves, who just spent more than $265,000 on 30 plastic surgery procedures to achieve what he believes to be the perfect physique. This makes him the front-runner in the race for who's willing to spend the most money on dangerous surgery to achieve a totally unrealistic body image. Golf claps?
We now live in an age that has embraced the "normal-sized" Barbie doll, and yet there are still too many of these original Barbie wannabes out there. Not surprisingly, it's usually women who undergo countless expensive surgeries to achieve this truly unhealthy body type. And while this may be because Barbie was the more well-known of the Barbie/Ken pair, it more likely has to do with how obsessed today's society is with women's bodies. However, guys like Alves prove that men are also significantly affected by these impossible body standards, and will go to absurd lengths to achieve them.
"It is long-term maintenance. Once you start, it is difficult to stop. Naturally I'm a perfectionist. It's like a snowball effect and I'm not going to stop."
So far, Alves has undergone liposuction, multiple nose jobs, six-pack implants, calf implants and Botox fillers. He spent almost $23,000 on a strange stem cell procedure that involves injecting your own fat and blood back into your skin to rejuvenate it. For his latest, and most dangerous, procedure, Alves flew to Colombia for a six-in-one super surgery which cost him around $75,900. This included a nose job, ear pinning (whatever that is) and a particularly grotesque operation designed to give him a wider smile. I guess for some, beauty really is pain.
Despite all of the comments and criticisms Alves has received over his bizarre and expensive beauty endeavors, he is determined to keep going. "It is long-term maintenance. Once you start, it is difficult to stop. Naturally I'm a perfectionist. It's like a snowball effect and I'm not going to stop." This sadly is a common notion among the Barbie and Ken wannabes, and really all the plastic surgery obsessed. Like any addiction, trying to achieve body "perfection" is all-consuming, but it's frankly impossible with our culture's ever-changing beauty standards. Eventually, time catches up, and if you don't like who you are on the inside by then, no amount of surgery will change that.