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Japanese woman spends $100k on plastic surgery to become real-life "French doll"

Vanilla Chamu, who underwent 30 cosmetic procedures to look like a French doll, before (at age 17) and after. Photo from Kotaku.

A 25-year-old Japanese woman who goes by the name of Vanilla Chamu has had over 30 procedures in her quest to look like a French doll.

Before and after pictures show how over $100,000 worth of plastic surgery turned Chamu from a young, fresh-faced 17-year-old, into someone completely unrecognizable. 

Chamu's transition from natural to doll-inspired features. Photo from Kotaku.

“There isn’t anyone who can look at a French doll and say they’re not beautiful,” she said on a Japanese show called “Watashi no Nani ga Ikenai no?” or “Is There Something Wrong With Me?”

She explained that as a child, her dissatisfaction with her looks was amplified by bullies who called her ugly. When she turned to her father, he had no words of comfort. According to Kotaku, she quoted him as saying, “Well, you are ugly, so all you can do is suck it up."

A French doll whose Chamu's cosmetically-enhanced features are modeled on. Photo from Kotaku.

This sparked what seems like an addiction to plastic surgery, fanned by her obsession with French dolls. Chamu’s first procedure was done after graduating high school and her endeavors aren't over yet. She claims she won’t stop until she is a real life French doll.

Her story seems to be a cautionary tale for girls being raised to value themselves only based on looks, which poet Katie Makkai touched upon in her video, "Pretty":

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