Rachel Evans (47), from South East London, has spent more than R360 000 on surgery in the past 17 years in a bid to be UK’s oldest Barbie.
Despite her best efforts to look like the world-renowned doll, the 47-year-old says she hasn’t been able to find her Ken.
And although she’s had her heart broken by her dream man before, the blonde beauty is still on the hunt for the classic Ken-like guy.
“During my transition into Barbie, I realised I had to love myself before I’d be able to love anyone [else],” says Rachel.
“So now that I’ve finally become confident in myself I’ve realised it’s time for me to find Ken, to complete my Barbie journey.
“I’ve had my heart broken by people I thought were [my] Ken before – but the fact I’m not with them now shows they’re not the one.
“Despite all the glamour, I get lonely, and that’s part of the reason I want my dream, Ken.”
Growing up, the Barbie look-alike had serious identity issues and claims to have gone through a gothic, china doll and tomboy phase.
“I struggled with my gender when I was younger, I dressed like a boy for most of my twenties and I really struggled to see myself as a girl.
“I didn’t know how I wanted to look and I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin which made me suicidal.
“After being very much a tomboy, I turned very gothic and moody and this made me really down also,” she says.
But when she hit the big 3-0, the mom reveals, she became confident in her new look, which she has to maintain with various surgeries every three months.
“After hearing Barbie’s ‘You Can Do Anything!’ slogan, I realised I could be whoever I wanted to be.
“Once I had my son, Rees (17), I decided it was time to leave the sad looks behind and focus on reinventing myself into a real-life human Barbie,” says the mom.
Despite spending such a large sum of money to perfect her look, Rachel says she’ll continue to top up her surgery forever.
“I’ll never stop topping up my face body, I see myself as a work in progress and I can always improve,” says Rachel.
“Even when I’m 80 years old I’ll still be having Botox and fillers because I want to be perfect.
“I’ll want my dream man to love surgery and take care of his face – I wouldn’t settle for a man with wrinkles.
“I’ve invested so much in my own look I’m not going to settle for any less than what I deserve – and that’s Ken.”
Source: Magazine Features