Ideally, plastic surgery helps you become your best self. A little tweaking and your looks improve, or years disappear from your face. For some people, that’s not the goal. They undergo procedures to look as much as possible like a certain celebrity. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but these individuals take it to a new level.
Liu Yifei is a 28 year old Chinese model, singer and actress, who has starred in major Chinese television shows. A 19 year-old girl who idolizes Liu Yifei and was told she resembled the actress decided to have plastic surgery to look even more like her. She has emulated the star in every way possible, from dress to mannerisms and movement. Although she knew the plastic surgery and the changing of her features involved some pain, the girl feels looking like Liu Yifei is worth it.
Certainly, undergoing plastic surgery to look like a celebrity is not an Asian phenomenon. The lives of such “Superfans” revolve around the celebrity. It’s sad in many ways, because while there’s nothing wrong with admiring someone’s talent and beauty, you really can’t become that person. There’s always the possibility that if you met your idol, you’d end up disappointed. Stars are not necessarily nice people, and likely think a fan going to such extremes is just plain weird.
Plastic surgery isn’t cheap. Major procedures to completely change your look can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some celebrity clones have declared bankruptcy after finishing their treatments. Wonder if the star would help pay the bills?
Perhaps the strangest case of celebrity look-alike surgery involves Nadya Suleman, dubbed “Octomom” by the media after she gave birth to octuplets in 2009. She already had six kids, and all of her 14 children were conceived via in-vitro fertilization. Apparently, Suleman is obsessed with Angelina Jolie – a mother of six, three of them adopted – and reportedly had plastic surgery to make her resemble the star. It’s safe to say no one would confuse the two, and the Daily Mail reports that Jolie was “creeped out” by letters sent to her by Suleman and the reported plastic surgery.
Is there a moral to this story? Perhaps it’s facing the reality that plastic surgery can do you a lot of good, but trying to appear exactly like someone else is undoubtedly bound to fail.
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