Transgender pop singer has spent $1,000,000 to look like a living Barbie doll
As much as some of us may deny it, we all care about our appearances to a certain extent. We put effort into cutting our hair and shaving various bits of our bodies, pay attention to the quantity and quality of the foods we consume, and, of course, we take our time deciding what sort of clothes we want to wear.
For some individuals, however, achieving their ideal appearance requires a little more effort than most people are willing to put in.
Nikki Exotika, a 35-year-old woman from New Jersey, has spent the last 20 years undergoing a number of cosmetic surgeries in order to actualise her dream of being a real-life Barbie doll. Cumulatively, her surgical alterations cost a whopping $1,000,000 - but Nikki thinks it's worth every penny.
"I've had over a million dollars of surgery, I only did the calculation recently and struggled to remember everything I've done to myself," she said.
"My body has had gallons of silicone, I've spent a lot on changing everything from my head to my toes, breasts and body. But it's all paid off, because while travelling the world everywhere I go people look at me and say 'Wow, look at her body, she looks like Barbie' and always want to take pictures with me."
As well as nine nose jobs, two hair transplants, eight breast surgeries, and countless tanning sessions, Nikki has also racked up $45,000 in chin surgeries, $35,000 in butt alterations, and an astounding $75,000 on makeup and lashes. And that's not even half of it. Some of her procedures have actually been to correct previous operations that went wrong - so it's easy to see how the costs added up.
Nikki, who was assigned male at birth, loves the attention she gets from her somewhat unconventional appearance.
"When I walk down the street with my hair in a long ponytail, hot pink lipstick, shades, jeans and a crop-top, girls say 'Oh my god, you look just like Barbie' - that's how I know I'm accomplishing my dream," she said. She also added that, "When I look at my boy photos now I don't recognise myself at all, it's such a total transformation, you can't even see a little bit of the boy I used to be."
As well as being a mother-of-three, a singer, and a model, Nikki is part of the Plastics of Hollywood - a reality show about 'human dolls'. Marcela Iglesias, who manages the show's cast, had some positive things to say about the life-sized Barbie doll:
"When I saw Nikki's transformation, I realised she had been through more plastic surgery than probably anyone else ... Then I found out about how she was bullied at school, along with the nasty words and attacks, it is a true blessing she's alive and that she followed her dream ... Her story shows you can have a happy ending, be whoever you want to be and work through life's obstacles, don't let anyone put you down."
Before her transition, Nikki suffered extreme physical and emotional abuse from homophobes and transphobes, but cosmetic surgery allowed her to be more comfortable in her body and her gender. She recalls being judged throughout her childhood for the way she dressed and behaved - but all along she knew she was destined to be a Barbie doll.
But the reality star isn't quite done with her transformation yet. Though she seems to have called it a day with the cosmetic surgery, there's still one or two finishing touches she wants to finalise her ultimate dream.
"Now I feel like I've achieved as close as I can to perfection, minus the little hiccups here and there, I'm happy with the way I look," she said. "Soon I'm getting a Pink BMW convertible to enhance my Barbie image, then after that I'll be looking for a hot guy who looks like a Ken Doll."
Well, if Nikki is anything to go by, it seems like life in plastic really is fantastic.