You might have heard about young girls obsessed with looks, hence undergoing plastic surgeries to alter their body parts to look like famous personalities like Marilyn Monroe and Barbie. However, there are men as well who deem to go under the knife to get the perfect look of Mattel’s popular Ken doll. Mattel introduced Ken doll in 1961 as the fictional boyfriend of Barbie doll. And it’s becoming a hot trend among men to look like Barbie’s inanimate boyfriend.
This is because of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) which is the root cause for this obsession, and it is believed that one-third of people who undergo nose jobs are suffering from the same disorder. Looking down at these personalities will make you wonder how far men can go to get that perfect look.
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Mauricio has recently join the list of people trying to become the human Ken doll. Galdi hails from Brazil and has undergone the knife for eight times to look like the popular plastic doll. It is complicated to call it an obsession, because according to Galdi, he decided to go under the knife when he was 17 while applying for acting class – who did not considered him handsome. This rejection made Mauricio to opt for this complicated treatment of changing his looks.
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It might be an obsession for some, but not for this 35-year-old Czech model Robert Paulat, who underwent 43 plastic and cosmetic surgeries to designate himself as the human plastic doll. Paulat underwent so many surgeries in pursuit of perfection. He admitted that his Ken-like face makes him look appealing to his clients, which is why he is still signed by Vanity Fair for lucrative contracts.
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Celso, the 20-year-old Brazilian human Ken doll, has launched his own line of figurines called ‘Celso Dolls’. Celso, at the age of 13, got the craving of turning himself into a human puppet, when he was convinced by family and friends that he looked like a doll, and from that day on he was obsessed with becoming the perfect human puppet. Unfortunately, Celso passed away in June, 2015, after a five-month long battle with leukemia.
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A 30-year-old young Brazilian air-steward named Rodrigo Alves, living in the UK, has spent $150,000 over the past 10 years to become a living and breathing human Ken doll. It might sound idiotic to waste such a staggering amount on a life-threatening procedure. But for Robert, he was never satisfied with his looks and always wanted to achieve perfection. This obsession for perfection left him paralyzed for three weeks, when his arm silicon transplant went wrong, but luckily survived.
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Justin Jedlica, the world’s first human Ken doll, has spent a hefty amount of $100,000 on 90 cosmetic procedures in the inexhaustible and immeasurable quest for getting the perfect look. Jedlica was never satisfied with his looks and went under the knife for the first time at the age of 18. He is the only person who publically accepts his obsession for plastic surgeries.
Amazingly and bizarrely, dozens of men have undergone this painful journey of turning themselves into something they are not. Whether this is done in the name of attaining perfection, earning livelihood or just to gain name and fame, these human ken dolls are definitely risking their lives by going through such long and life-threatening surgeries to attain so-called perfect face.