The other day, we talked about a woman so fixated on another woman’s looks that she took drastic measures that landed her in a hospital in an attempt to attain them for herself. That woman starved and took diet pills, but there are other methods of attempting to imitate celebrities that can land you in the hospital. Like plastic surgery.
One South Korean woman, like so many people on this planet, is enchanted by Australian supermodel Miranda Kerr’s appearance. This woman, identified as Yuh Reum Hong, went above and beyond typical admiration of a Victoria’s Secret angel’s form and underwent cosmetic surgery procedures to look like her. According to the International Business Times, Hong went on “Alien Eyes,” a Korean television program with the most awesome name ever, to reveal the extent of her doppelgänger pursuit.
“she has gone through plastic surgery, hair dye, contact lenses and a lot of makeup to alter her eyes and nose in order to be Miranda Kerr’s look-alike.”
Miranda Kerr, the new face of Swarovski with a campaign launching this November, is a gorgeous woman, but trying to become a clone of a celebrity no matter how glamorous and beautiful bums me out. I’m glad that Hong had the resources and opportunity to do what she wanted with her appearance; however, it’s sad that instead of wanting to look like herself at what she perceived her best, she wanted to look like someone else. Beyond the face, eyes and hair, the supermodel’s super fan also copies her outfits.
The reception to Hong’s copy cat act have not been the best. One of the “Alien Eyes” hosts said she looked like “the martian version of Miranda Kerr” and other, crueler people have called her “Chucky’s Bride.” Just because what she did was weird, doesn’t mean we should be critical of the results. Instead of scrutinizing how her attempt to become a Kerr clone failed, we should scrutinize the culture that leads non famous civilians to want to become celebrities at any cost.
A few years ago there was a show on MTV called “I Want a Famous Face” that followed people around as they went through aesthetic transformations to try and look like famous people. I only vaguely remember the show, but I do recall that none of the participants looked particularly like the celebrities they were trying to become by the end of each episode. Of course not, because plastic surgery isn’t going to mutate a person into someone else. Even if one could become and exact copy of their celebrity idol, they’ll still be themselves, they won’t have the benefits that Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie or Miranda Kerr have. Famous people are more than their bodies and faces too.