A London woman is now in debt after spending more than $30,000 in plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancements to look like Kim Kardashian, ITV's This Morning reported.
Claire Leeson said she became obsessed with Kardashian in 2009, when Kim's hit reality TV show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," first aired. Leeson said she decided to transform herself into a Kim clone after being bullied and called "ugly" all her life.
Claire, 24, said looking like Kardashian makes her feel strong and confident. "When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I'm unstoppable," said Leeson.
Claire Was Suicidal After Being Bullied for Being 'Ugly'
Leeson said she tried to commit suicide twice after relentless school bullying drove her into a deep depression. Since then, Claire has gotten breast implants to resemble Kim, and has undergone many non-surgical cosmetic enhancements, including teeth whitening, butt padding, spray tans, nail treatments, and hair extensions.
Leeson said she hopes to undergo additional surgery, including having the fat removed from parts of her body and injected into her butt to mimic Kardashian's bootylicious curves.
While Claire occasionally gets work as a Kim Kardashian impersonator, she's in "major debt." Still, Leeson doesn't regret her plastic-surgery makeover because it has dramatically boosted her self-confidence.
"I was told every day that I was the ‘ugliest thing alive' and I should kill myself," said Leeson. "[Now] I feel like no one can stop me and I can make something of myself. I feel strong."
Man Spent $100,000 to Look Like Justin Bieber
As bizarre as Claire's story sounds, she's not the only person who has gotten cosmetic surgery to resemble their idol. Toby Sheldon, a 33-year-old singer/songwriter, has spent more than $100,000 in plastic surgeries to look like Justin Bieber.
Sheldon was recently featured on the reality TV series Botched, where he revealed why he's obsessed with Bieber (see video).
“What brought me to Bieber was the whole package,” said Toby. “The full cheeks, the full temples, the bright, open eyes, the full, luscious lips and his facial framing, his bangs and his full head of hair."
So far, Sheldon has gotten hair transplants, lip surgery, and liposuction to mimic Justin's six-pack abs. He would soon like to get his forehead reduced and jaw-reduction surgery.
However, several plastic surgeons have refused to perform additional surgery on Toby, saying he's gone overboard. But Sheldon remains undeterred. "I've been turned down by surgeons before and look what happened," he said.