Really, how could you forget Jessica Rabbit? That voice, that sex appeal, that body. Man, wouldn’t you give just about anything to look like her? No? Well, this girl would:
This is Kristina Rei, a poor, misguided 22-year-old nail technician from St. Petersburg who has been undergoing lip injections in order to look more like her favorite cartoon character, Jessica Rabbit. You might think she’s succeeded and that she should call it a day on the injections, but she’s not done just yet:
Now the nail technician admits she has an addiction, and aims to make her massive pout even bigger.
Each injection costs roughly £40 and is ‘extremely painful’ but Miss Rei, from St Petersburg, Russia, insists nothing will stop her.
She said: “I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy. Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street – like big lips – but I don’t care. I want to go more extreme. I want to look like a cartoon character. I am addicted to it, I love it.”
Miss Rei said she has always believed her lips were too small and used to compare them to those around her.
She said: “My older sister Ira had beautiful, full lips and I loved Jessica Rabbit’s huge lips. She was my idea of the perfect woman. From the age of four I thought my lips seemed thinner than everyone else’s and I decided when I was quite young to get them enhanced.”
Kristina said that when she was in school, her classmates would bully her and call her ugly, which, in part, led to her decision to start getting lip injections at the tender age of 17. Now, five years later, her Jessica Rabbit lips are just the beginning:
Despite constant stares from strangers, Miss Rei, who has never had a boyfriend, loves her bizarre appearance.
She said: “I know some people think I look ridiculous but I don’t care.
Sometimes I like the attention I get like when people try to film me on their mobile phones. Some of the abuse has been hurtful – I’ve been told I look like a man but those people are idiots.”
Miss Rei insists she can eat, speak and kiss just the same as before and hasn’t suffered any painful after-effects.
She said: “Each injection hurts as much as the last. Fortunately I’ve never suffered with an infection or painful lips afterwards.”
And she’s so happy with the modification that she is planning to have more surgery in the future.
She said: “Other than the way I look my lips haven’t had a big impact on my life so I’m definitely not going to stop now. I have no health concerns about what I’m doing. Nothing has gone wrong so far. I haven’t decided how big yet but they are definitely too small at the moment. When I can afford it I want to enlarge my breasts from a C-cup to a DD, change the shape of my nose and I want to make my ears pointed like an elf. It’s good to be different.”
I know that this isn’t really traditional celebrity gossip (unless you count Jessica Rabbit as a celebrity, and really, I don’t see why you wouldn’t), but I just find stories like these so interesting, and there’s no denying that plastic surgery has an extreme impact on the world of celebrity gossip, so I’m going to give myself a pass on this one.
Here’s what I want to discuss: is this ok? Is there a line that’s crossed at this point where you have to say “listen, I’m glad that you’re expressing yourself, but your lips are about to explode and you might have some emotional problems,” or do you just let it ride? Would you let a friend surgically alter her face to look like her favorite cartoon character? Let’s talk about the issues, people!