I don’t care what people think: Man spends over R500 000 to look like an Instagram filter

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No filter? No problem. Levi Jed Murphy from Manchester, UK had surgery to look like an Instagram filter. (Photo: Instagram_ Levijedmurphy)
No filter? No problem. Levi Jed Murphy from Manchester, UK had surgery to look like an Instagram filter. (Photo: Instagram_ Levijedmurphy)

The before-and-after pictures are striking. Levi Jed Murphy used to be your average young man, perfectly presentable with dreamy eyes, a ski-slope nose and narrow lips. 

More than £30 000 (nearly R615 000) worth of surgery later and the face staring out at you is unrecognisable: cat’s eyes, a widened nose, thickened pouty lips and taut skin.

And the result: a whole lot of publicity, a whole lot of trolling and one very happy customer. 

Levi adores his new look which is intended to resemble an Instagram filter. Now the 24-year-old from Manchester in the UK is unashamedly sharing his journey of how he underwent surgery to achieve the look.

"Instagram put out a filter where it shows you what you would look like after having plastic surgery and I loved what I saw,” Levi says.

Opening up about his procedure on his YouTube channel, he reveals he’d always been unhappy and insecure about his looks. 

He began his plastic surgery journey by getting lip fillers when he was 19 and working in retail. He then began looking for other means so he could afford to get his whole face restructured.

“By the time I was 20, I knew I wanted to have a nose job and a lip lift.”

Once he accumulated enough money after starting his OnlyFans account with his boyfriend, Cameron Smith, in 2019, Levi decided to travel to Turkey to get the surgery of his dreams done. 

Levi got fillers in his lips, cheeks and jaw; a lip lift, a rhinoplasty (nose job), and a canthoplasty procedure to achieve a natural cat eyelift. 

"It's not a cute experience,” Levi admitted during his healing process, adding how it was hard to breathe from his nose and his taste buds were affected.  

“My previous nose was like a lightbulb at the end of my nose. A few months after my nose job I went back to Turkey to get a second lip lift because I wasn’t entirely happy with it. I wanted it to be more dramatic.” 

The swelling on his face from his surgery is healed and he’s happy with his looks. But not everyone loves his new face. Social media users leave nasty comments and have joked that he looks like the mask from the movie The Purge. Levi couldn’t care less.

"I could happily live with the face I have now or even before surgery but I like to mix things up. To me, it's not a big deal. It's like changing your wardrobe, but of course a little bit more extreme and painful," he says,

He now gets his surgery done for free by doing promotions on social media whenever he feels he’s looking “a bit flat”. 

“Getting surgery so I spend less time face tuning my pics which means less time on my phone which results in my battery lasting longer . . . sorted,” he said in an Instagram post. 


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