Meet Claire Leeson, a British woman who has dropped approximately £20,000 (just under $35,000) to look just like her idol, Kim Kardashian. Suddenly, I don’t feel so bad about blowing $24 on a veggie burger and fries from that pricey #artisanal place around the corner last night.
The U.K.’s Metro reports that the 24-year-old elected to undergo a series of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements — like breast implants, tooth whitening, hair extensions, spray tans, a new wardrobe, new nails, upscale makeup, and some very British-sounding “bum padding” — because bullying had damaged her self-esteem.
“I was told every day [at school] that I was the ‘ugliest thing alive’ and I should ‘kill myself,’” BuzzFeed quotes Leeson as saying.
How does Claire feel now? “When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I’m unstoppable and untouchable and I feel like no one can stop me,” she told ITV’s “This Morning” on July 14. “I feel that I have built enough confidence to love myself a little bit more.”
That’s obviously great that she feels she’s been able to build up her self-confidence, but I kinda wish she’d been able to do it in a way that didn’t leave her “up to [her] eyeballs” in credit card debt? Like, couldn’t she have just watched a bunch of contouring makeup tutorials on YouTube and changed her name from “Claire” to “Klaire”? Or maybe just stuck to playing Kim’s highly addictive new video game?
Whatever! Not my life, not my concern I guess.