From person to porcelain doll: The model who is transforming herself into an anime doll

By YOU
04 May 2017

Ophelia has spent R 271 406 to look like a real-life anime doll

Ophelia Vanity (30) from Los Angeles in California, was told she looked like a doll in her late teens and is now trying to become as plastic as possible.

"I was always compared to a doll and an anime character since I was a teenager but after bleaching my hair I've been told I look like Barbie now."

Ophelia has spent $20,000 (R 271 406) to look like a real-life anime doll.

So far, she's had liposuction on her arms and stomach to give her a slender doll-like appearance, as well as Botox and collagen injections to make her face emotionless and lip augmentations.

In addition, she spends around $4 000(R54 148) a month on make-up to enlarge her eyes, cosmetic procedures and specialist Lolita clothing – a Japanese spin on Victorian era fashion.

Her quirky look attracts a lot of stares, with many people telling her she looks like a 'human doll' and complimenting her on her unusual appearance.

Ophelia, a freelance model, says that changing her looks to emulate an anime character, combined with a doll is helping her to love herself.

"It helps my issue with self-esteem, some people find contentment within themselves, but for me when I'm told I look like a doll, an anime character or Barbie [it] makes me feel better.

"Looking the way I do makes me feel much prettier and it's always a thrill when people are taken back by how I look. When I'm out in public, going to a friend's house, a party or a club where I could be recognised I always make sure I'm dressed up and people love it," she added.

Ophelia suffered from self-esteem problems since she was five-years-old, which she attributes to a 'difficult upbringing', where she was pressured into doing well at school and struggled to fit in.

She chose to express herself through eccentric fashion starting with gothic and punk clothing before progressing into more doll-like attire at the age of 17.

"Dressing like a doll combines both my love of fashion as well as my personal preference for something out of the ordinary and not in line with mainstream society.

"I do have some haters and negative feedback about the way I look but this is what makes me happy and is helping me to love myself."

Ophelia's first cosmetic procedure in 2008 was liposuction on her arms and stomach to make her appear slender.

This year alone she's undergone a second lip augmentation, a non-surgical dermal filler rhinoplasty to alter her nose and ultherapy, which smooths skin imperfections on the face.

"I'd like to have some of my ribs removed so that I can have a smaller waist. I currently wear a corset but it's such an ordeal having to put it on every day."

Ophelia is part of the Plastics of Hollywood – a talent agency for human dolls, living cartoons and plastic surgery addicts that's being turned into a TV Show.

Marcela Iglesias, producer and presenter, says Ophelia uses the doll look as a self-surviving mode.

"She puts a lot of work into the make-up, the wigs, clothing and looking the way she does, none of the other dolls have that."

Talent agents Marcela and Patrik Simpson, who both feature on the show, tentatively called The Plastics of Hollywood, will try to nurture talent away from the stars' surgery goals and how they look.

"She's like a little girl or an anime doll, not like Pixee Fox or Jennifer Pamplona who are more sexualised and look like Jessica Rabbit. But when you see Ophelia you could easily believe she is 15-years-old, despite the fact that she's actually 30 – this will mean she has a lot of potential acting and for commercials too," said Marcela.

In the future, Ophelia plans to continue her transformation from person to porcelain by having breast implants, butt implants, ribs removed, a nose job and permanent iris colouring – in total costing $50,000 (R 678 260).

"Over the years I've tried to freeze my face to make it look more doll-like and without expression. I also use a lot of make-up and contouring effects to make my nose smaller and give it a higher bridge.

"My eyes are what makes people think I look most like a doll, they are naturally very large and then that's amplified by my make-up," said Ophelia

"All of the work I'm doing will continue to help my self-esteem and aid my goal of looking more like a doll."

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