I Have Met the Real Ken and Barbie!
Cosmetic surgery is not only my job, it is my passion and one of the perks is getting to lecture all over the world. There are some curious things associated with this profession and whether you call it bizarre, edgy, interesting or crazy, the world is obsessed with looking younger. Whether you love it or love to hate it, pop culture and reality TV have presented us with a list of characters including Real Housewives and Botched surgical procedures. High on this list are people that want to look like other people and we are all familiar with the people that want to look like Ken and Barbie dolls. They embrace cosmetic surgery as a passion and a profession. They both will tell you that they simply want to look as good as they can and that although they have set records for having the most procedures, etc., it was not their original goal. I have to be honest in saying that when I met Cindy Jackson while lecturing in Belgium and Justin Jedlica this week while lecturing in Las Vegas I expected them to be strange, self-centered, and too important. I was dead wrong on both occasions as they are really down to earth folks who are as nice as they could be; they just have a different spin on cosmetic surgery than most people.
Meet Justin Jedlica.
Everyone knows about Barbie’s plastic companion, Ken. Well, Justin Jedlica is The Human Ken Doll! The media has dubbed him with this title because he boasts over one hundred cosmetic procedures! His unique looks, outgoing personality and list of extreme surgeries have been a source of controversy around the world. This self-professed “artist” and “pioneer of the modifiable male aesthetic” has no intention of stopping his surgical alterations.
The above is a blurb from Justin’s website.
April, Justin and Joe
It sounds pretty crazy, but over dinner last night Justin explained that he appreciates perfection in the male body and wants to do all he can to enhance it. He has a business as a cosmetic surgery consultant and he will moving to Hollywood in the next couple of weeks. He is a very nice person who loves the attention and is becoming a reality TV star in his own right. He is doing what he wants to do and people love to hate it. Obviously the average person would find his quest excessive, so you would have to say he is on the extreme end the spectrum. I hope he has a happy life because he really is a nice person.
Meet Cindy Jackson
I grew up in Fremont, a small Ohio farming community. My father was a farmer-turned- inventor from Indiana and my mother was a Kentucky coal-miner’s daughter. I have an older sister named Gloria. In addition to our extremely unusual home life, we had a very sheltered and isolated upbringing. Feeling like a complete misfit, I always knew there was another life waiting for me far away from the cornfields of the Midwest. When I was six years old my parents bought me a Barbie doll, which served to fuel my escapist fantasies. In my imagination I dreamed of a happy and glamorous life for my doll. Through Barbie I could glimpse an alternative destiny.
These are the beginning words on Cindy’s website.
Cindy, Joe and April in Brussles
She claims to have the world record for the most cosmetic surgery procedures. Think she is some dumb bimbo? Think again, she is a member of Mensa and is a true genius on paper and in life. She has parlayed her cosmetic experiences into one of the most famous cosmetic consultants in the world and is based in London. Patients from all over the world pay her for advice and recommendations on cosmetic surgery. My wife and I had a great time with Cindy during our time in Brussels. She is outgoing, funny, charming and knows more about cosmetic surgery than some doctors. I am sure this blog post will garner a lot of comments, both positive and negative, but agree or not, it is this type of curiosity that drives reality TV and pop culture and nothing has more of a hot button than cosmetic surgery. I would never suggest to any of my patients to pursue cosmetic surgery to any excessive level and I am actually a pretty conservative surgeon. It is, however, interesting to meet and know the people that involve this industry. Having said this multiple times, both Justin and Cindy are intelligent and down to earth people that are doing what they love………….cosmetic surgery. I guess you could say that I am doing the same thing. Just differently.
and last but not least it was great to see our friend Dr. Drew Ordon, host of the TV show “The Doctors” here in Las Vegas. Our meeting here with Drew is an annual event we look forward to.
Joe Niamtu, III DMD
Cosmetic Facial Surgery