In today’s day and age, it’s pretty easy to alter and tweak your appearance.
Because of their easy accessibility, cosmetic procedures are booming and, of course, there are always those who take their love for plastic surgery a little too far.
Rodrigo Alves, known more commonly as “The Human Ken Doll,” has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars redesigning his entire face and body using cosmetic surgery. The Brazillian native was always unhappy and uncomfortable in his own skin and is convinced that he was born in the wrong body.
And now, Rodrigo has opened up about his youth and has shared photos of what he looked like before he ever went under the knife… and he is simply unrecognizable.
Keep scrolling to see the photos and to hear the heartbreaking reasoning behind his extreme makeover.
Rodrigo Alves – The Human Ken doll
Having gone under the knife over seventy times, the thirty-six-year-old’s obsession with resembling the shiny and chiseled plastic doll has clearly reached extreme new levels.
Disney initially inspired Rodrigo’s look.
And from this vision, the Human Ken Doll was born.
This unique look has given him international fame.
Though he was born in Brazil, Rodrigo relocated to London when he was nineteen and has since become somewhat of a TV personality, subsequently raking in an 800,000-strong Instagram following.
He has appeared on a variety of reality TV shows…
And caused controversy when he starred in the British reality show, Celebrity Big Brother, for using racial slurs towards other housemates.
Though Rodrigo went on to defend his 9-day stint on the show, claiming that he had struggled with not having access to his mobile phone or friends and family.
Yet, despite his outlandish behavior...
His extreme “plastic” appearance is still the primary factor in his fame.
He was only seventeen when he underwent his first cosmetic procedure
Speaking to The Sun, he said: “My first plastic surgery was at the age of 17 when I was diagnosed with gynecomastia, the growth of male breast and chest tissue.”
Tissue from his breasts was removed.
But Rodrigo knew that he wanted to have more work done.
“I had an operation to remove the excess tissue. I knew then that plastic surgery was available, but I was far too young for having all that I wanted doing which was to reinvent myself.
However, his cosmetic journey didn’t get off to the best start…
When he moved to London to study at university, he received a couple of botched jobs.
“While I was a student, I had my first few surgeries but with poor results. I was very young and I would just find surgeons online and go to the most expensive ones in Harley Street.”
He went under the knife several more times to perfect his look.
And he learned how to source professional and effective cosmetic surgeons. “This taught me that expensive doesn’t mean good quality,” he explained, “And that what makes a good surgeon is the practice.”
Rodrigo has since had a total of ten procedures… on his nose alone.
He even had artificial abs implanted.
Yep, that dazzling six-pack was actually sculpted by a surgeon, with the silicone implants costing him a staggering $26,000.
Rodrigo got his dream body virtually overnight.
Though he is the first to admit that his muscles are somewhat deceiving. Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said, “People say to me that I look so fit, but darling, my abs are fake. I have silicone implants. My arms are fake and full of filler.”
However, this glamorous image holds a dark secret.
He recently opened up about his childhood traumas.
“I do not like to focus on the past because it makes me upset,” he said, speaking on the British TV show, Loose Women, last August. He also claimed that he had been “pushed down the stairs and had my face pushed against the wall.”
“Growing up I felt alone as nobody wanted to be friends with me. Because of my body image and the fact that I was shy, I avoided social situations.
Years of bullying took a noticeable toll on Rodrigo.
And, after his appearance started to vastly change, he was diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, an anxiety disorder that causes a person to have a distorted view of how they look and worry obsessively about their appearance.
The diagnosis came after family members became worried about his quickly-changing appearance.
And he was subsequently urged to see a therapist about his surgery addiction.
“I had cognitive behavioral therapy, which helped me to understand myself.”
Rodrigo hated the way that he looked.
And he felt that cosmetic surgery was the only way he could be his “true self.”
“In my dreams, I look a certain way, but then getting up in the morning and looking at myself in the mirror I didn’t recognize myself. This was why I carried on having surgeries, seeking out the best doctors in the USA, Brazil, Europe, and the Middle East to help me become my true self.”
And, despite his obsession with cosmetic surgery…
The doctor’s deemed Rodrigo as sane.
“After one year of treatment, the doctors agreed that I was perfectly sane but that I just had a mirror image issue. I can only describe it as having a feeling that I was born in the wrong body.”
He hated what he saw in the mirror every day.
His appearance has changed drastically throughout the years.
And he has now become a cosmetic ambassador, channeling his work into breaking the taboos around cosmetic procedures.
“I have been honored by the Aesthetic Academy in the USA and from now on I am will be speaking openly about plastic surgery to break the taboos and to teach people from my own experiences in a simple and easy-going way without medical terminology.”
Though Rodrigo isn’t the only person to make headlines over this topic… one mom has recently come under fire for urging her teenage daughter to have cosmetic surgery because “ugly people get nowhere.”