Woman spends R10m to look like Kim Kardashian then another R2m to 'detransi-shian' to herself again

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Jennifer Pamplona spent 7 years undergoing surgery to look like Kim Kardashian.
Jennifer Pamplona spent 7 years undergoing surgery to look like Kim Kardashian.
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  • A former Versace model no longer wants to be a Kardashian lookalike and has revealed she's now forked out another £100 000 (R2 million) to 'detransi-shian'. 
  • Jennifer Pamplona spent the past seven years going under the knife and pumping her body with fillers to fulfil her ultimate quest to look just like Kim Kardashian. 
  • Now, the model, who says she has battled with an addiction to cosmetic surgery, has forked out another R2 million to try and return to her former self, saying she is tired of being compared to Kim Kardashian.

A former Versace model who spent almost half a million pounds (R10 million) on surgery to turn herself into a Kardashian lookalike has revealed she's now forked out another £100 000 (R2 million) to look like herself again. 

Jennifer Pamplona, 29, has spent the past seven years going under the knife and pumping her body with fillers to fulfil her ultimate quest to look just like Kim Kardashian. 

But she soon realised that looking like one of the world's most famous family's members is not all it was cracked up to be, and wished she'd never started the surgeries. 

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The only way she felt she could look like herself again was to go back under the knife.  

Jennifer explains: "I was going through so many different surgeries to have the signature Kardashian style. 

"I was happy having this Kardashian-style look, it made me money and I enjoyed life. I was happy, but now, I just want to be recognised as who I really am."

She says being called a Kardashian by strangers started becoming annoying. 

"I would look in the mirror and people would call me a Kardashian and then it started to get annoying. I had worked and studied and I became a businesswoman. I had done all these things and had all these achievements in my personal life, but all I was doing was being recognised for looking like a Kardashian." 

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Kim Kardashian lookalike
Jennifer Pamplona spent 7 years undergoing surgery to look like Kim Kardashian.
Kim Kardashian lookalike
Jennifer Pamplona spent 7 years undergoing surgery to look like Kim Kardashian.

The Brazilian-born model now lives in Dubai and has launched her own cosmetics company, has investments and is doing some acting on the side, while making money from being a Kardashian lookalike. 

Getting her first boob job at 17, Jennifer became addicted to surgery and has been ever since. 

"I was addicted to surgery, but now I don't want to be a shadow of someone else, I want to be my own person. I never intended to look like a Kardashian and I didn't want to, but when people made this comparison, I took the opportunity and made it a big deal. It brought me fame and money," she says. 

"But I knew what I wanted to be, and I had a plan that when I turn 30 I'm going to stop with the Kardashian look."

The model says she found a doctor in Instabul who could "completely change" her face. 

"I saw on the computer beforehand how I would look and it was like I was having a rebirth. I first started with my veneers; we changed the fake look of the veneers and made them look a lot more natural. I then had a face and neck lift, buccal fat removal, cat eye surgery, a lip lift, and a nose job all in one," she says.

"I basically had five procedures done in one, but from all of the surgeries I have had, this one has been the most difficult. I went into the operation room as one person and I came out as another." 

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Jennifer was shocked the first time she saw herself post-surgery. 

"I thought, 'Wow, is this really me?' I had to deal with the new me, as this was the choice I made; it is what I asked for."

The model says she suffered from complications after the procedures.  

"My left eye wouldn't close from the cat eye surgery, and I was panicking. I thought I was going blind. My surgery became a nightmare, and it's as if they hit a nerve. I feel like people don't have the courage to show the bad side of surgeries that make you look good, but I want to show the truth behind what can really happen," she says.

"There is a dark side but no one wants to show it because they want to just show the beauty. I couldn't even move my face, I know it was a huge procedure, but it is put on social media like a normal surgery. It's taken me seven years to understand different procedures and I have the knowledge to know the risks." 

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Jennifer has lived for seven years as a Kardashian lookalike. However, she now wants to step away from the Kardashian shadow and focus on being herself again. 

She is now working on a documentary called Addiction which highlights the real issues around surgery addictions.

"I have lost count of the surgeries I have had, if I was to guess, it is over 40. It was an addiction and I got into a cycle of surgery equals fame and money; I just lost control of everything. I went through a lot of hard times.

Jennifer has now undergone surgery to return to her former self. 

"This has been the most expensive surgery I have had at £100K (about R2 million), because I have changed each part of me and my skin. It was an investment but by far my favourite surgery," she says. 

"I have suffered with judgement for so long that I don't want it anymore, I don't care anymore. I show everything, even the close-to-death situations. It isn't beautiful but it's the truth."

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The model says she's not against plastic surgery, but now understands the importance of choosing a good doctor and familiarising yourself with the risks.  

"I look at my life and look at how I have made it from this girl who came from a village in Brazil, to a girl [who had] thousands of surgeries to become famous. I started from the bottom, I told my grandmother I will be famous. 

"I know I can't change my life, but I am going to use it to help others. I have found myself and it is beautiful. "People can call me stupid or a hypocrite as I am changing my whole look but I am getting experiences on myself and learning from myself. I want to complete my life purpose." 

Jennifer has started a foundation called JP Mental Health alongside her friend Dr Gustavo Zangueta. The aim is to "help people in Brazil to recover from mental health issues." 

"I also want it to focus on body dysmorphia issues as that is what I was suffering from. If someone had told me 12 years ago what was going to happen, I wouldn't have struggled so much." 

Even though Jennifer is used to having different surgeries, this final surgery hasn't been as smooth as she expected. 

Her face was sore and infected, forcing her to spend a month in Turkey alone, recovering from the life-changing procedures.

"I started bleeding a lot from my cheeks and it continued for three days. I was so scared I would get sepsis. 

"I was struggling with sickness; I have never felt so ill and when I was finally checked over, my blood was very low, and my cholesterol was very high. 

"I started to panic, I thought I was going to have a blood transfusion here in Turkey. I was fighting for my life and my voice had gone, I thought I was dying. I was thinking to myself, 'What the hell have I done with my life?'"

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Jennifer says she wants her experiences to be a lesson for others. 

"This surgery has been a very difficult moment in my life, I don't want people to think my life is a joke. I want to help people and inspire them. I have a teen cousin and she is following my steps with modelling and acting.

"Those people who look up to me, they need to know that there is a dark side to life. I carry a lot of responsibility, especially for my family and my fans.

"I will continue to be honest and show the good and the bad, I don't filter anything; I am honest and I feel like I can help a lot of people with my life story, but my face is beautiful and now I look even more beautiful."


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