How far would you go to look like your idol? Most of us might go the extra mile to emulate the washboard stomach of Chris Evans or the sleek hair of Jennifer Aniston, but one woman from Sweden has eclipsed the rest of us put together.
Pixee Fox, 25, has spent $119,200 to look like her idol, iconic Mattel toy, Barbie – and she says she's only halfway toward creating her dream look. After lip fillers, breast implants, a butt lift and cheek injections, Pixee took the most outlandish step of all – having six ribs removed!
The removal of 6 ribs – for a sense of scale, bear in mind that most humans are born with only 12 pairs – has reduced her already meager waistline to an astonishing 14 inches, leaving her lower organs unprotected by bone. Pixee, who was back in her corset only two days after this major surgery, says:
"Getting my ribs removed has always been a dream of mine but it was really hard, almost impossible, to find a surgeon to do it.
The only reason I have been able to do it now is that doctors finally started taking me seriously because they can see I'm not a crazy person and that I know what I'm doing.
Before the corset would push against the ribs, which makes it harder and more painful to wear. Now I can wear it even tighter without any pain."
It seems like the world's premiere Human Barbie, Ukrainian Valeria Lukyanova, has some stiff, plastic competition! Pixee, who uprooted from her native Sweden and now resides in NorCal, USA, says that her appearance is linked to what she calls 'the bimbo life' – which includes being an 'inspiration' to her 70,000 Instagram followers:
"There are many beautiful women who have transformed themselves in various ways - and I admire all of them - but most have only changed a few things or exaggerated one thing. It's not my goal to inspire people to get plastic surgery.
I get a lot of positive feedback from girls and many guys who want to have a change in their life, like a transformation, or just get more fit, more healthy. Everyone needs inspiration and for me to be that inspiration really makes me feel really good."
Pixee is well aware of her artificial appearance and fully embraces it:
"People often come up to me and say, 'don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon' - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
Those cartoon characters represent the idealization of the female body. I want to achieve that ideal."
Despite Pixee's highly unusual appearance and many invasive surgeries, she does make some valid points about open-mindedness and self-expression:
"I'm not unhappy with the way I look now. I just enjoy tweaking it.
I see myself as a body-modification artist. This is my job. This is what I do and I'm going to keep on sculpting.
It’s your life and as long as you’re happy and don’t hurt anyone, it shouldn’t be a problem.”