Sometimes people can get carried away in their quest for physical perfection.
Take Luca Marchesi. The 20-something Italian model was so desperate to have the chiselled jawline of his dreams (think Ridge Forrester from The Bold and The Beautiful) he made it his mission to go all out for it.
However, after months of training his jaw he was ridiculed when he showed off the results on TikTok, with viewers comparing him to a cartoon chipmunk.
“Alvin and the Chipmunks been REAL quiet since you dropped this one,” one person commented, while another joked, “Alvin come get yo brother.”
“He is saving acorns for the winter,” another remarked.
A clearly unimpressed Luca, who calls himself the CEO of Jawline in his TikTok bio, then claimed he was going to quit the platform due to all the hate but he has yet to do so.
“I wanted to make a short announcement. I intend to close this TikTok account,” he says. “I'm sorry for everyone who follows me, but by now out of five comments I get, four are insults or criticisms.”
In an interview with the Italian website Webboh last year, the model attempted to explain his obsession with his looks.
As a kid he was scrawny, he said, but his weight ballooned to 105 kg when he was 18.
“It was not a good time, as I had just broken up with my girlfriend, which made me feel she no longer liked me physically and that I had grown too big.”
When he started to approach modelling agencies they told him his face was “too round” and he needed to lose weight, which kick-started his body metamorphosis, including his jaw obsession.
In Luca’s video on TikTok, he can be seen chomping down on a little rubber device that’s used to strengthen the facial muscles.
But even some experts agree he’s gone too far and don’t recommend it.
Speaking to metro.co.uk, Dr Martina Hodgson, a dentist and doctor, says, “Overdeveloped masseter muscles, whether unintentional through teeth clenching, grinding or deliberate, can cause problems such as migraines and TMJ or temporomandibular joint pain. These are the muscles that connect the jawbone to the cheekbone and help us to chew, so an overdevelopment in this region is not advised.”
Sources: TikTok, dailymail.co.uk, Instagram