'Human Barbie' Sarah Burge Gives Daughter Plastic Surgery Vouchers
Sarah Burge of Cambridge, England is a cosmetic medicine consultant, author, model, businesswoman, former Playboy bunny, and a mother of three, but most know her as the “Human Barbie Doll.” Nearly thirty years ago a brutal attack by a lover left her with a broken cheekbone, jaw, eye socket and teeth; and Burge turned to the cosmetic surgery community for help. Since then the fifty-one-year-old has undergone hundreds of cosmetic procedures worth approximately £500,000.
Burge’s story is one of survival and independence, escape from abuse, and redefining herself through her physical appearance. Currently working as a consultant for many plastic surgery companies, Burge receives cosmetic surgery vouchers that allow her to undergo expensive procedures and advocate them to clients. The attention she’s gathered is put to use by helping Burge publicize and fund her domestic abuse charity, “Don’t Mess With Me.” But more recently Burge has attracted criticism regarding the gifts she’s been giving her eight-year-old daughter.
Burge caught major media attention in 2010 when it was revealed that she paid for pole-dancing lesions for her then six-year-old daughter, Poppy. In 2011, at the child’s seventh birthday, Poppy was given a £6,000 voucher for a future breast implant surgery. At Christmas time of the same year, a £7,000 voucher for liposuction was also gifted by her mother. For her eighth and most recent birthday, Poppy received £8,000 in additional vouchers along with a lavish party costing an estimated £25,000.
Whether it’s for business, charity, or a mother trying to share an untraditional hobby with her daughter, people worry that Burge’s plastic surgery obsession is unhealthy. Being frequently confronted on the subject of addiction, Burge responded in her memoir, The Half a Million Pound Girl, “I’m the first one to admit it’s true. I’m addicted to looking good. What’s wrong with that?” Perhaps nothing. As an adult Burge is allowed to modify her body as much as she wants within legal and medical limits, but, the larger concern is that her obsession with aesthetics is being pushed onto her daughter.
“It’s actually a tax-free gift that she can cash in at the age of 18 years old and take herself off to become the professional she wants to be,” Burge said in defense of the vouchers on the Today Show. In another interview with Daily Mail Burge commented, “Some people think it's controversial and I get angry when strangers say I'm a bad mother because I don't think there's any harm in giving her this gift… Looks are a big part of how our futures pan out - there shouldn't be a stigma around wanting to look good.” Burge’s other two other daughters, twenty-seven year old Charlotte and seventeen-year-old Hannah, have used Botox and intend to explore cosmetic surgery in the future.
According to Burge, Poppy will enter several American beauty pageants next year, similar to the ones showcased on the candid reality show Toddlers and Tiaras; but Poppy may have some long term plans of her own. On her daughter’s future Burge noted to Today Show hosts, “Poppy actually wants to be a plastic surgeon when she’s older.”
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