Sunday, January 27, 2008

And I've bemoaned the US's obsession with women's looks

This is one of the saddest stories I've ever heard.

Brazil carnival star eyes surgery record

Brazilian model Angela Bismarchi will dance nearly nude ahead of a 300-person drum corps in next month's Carnival parade, hoping her sculpted beauty as a "percussion queen" will lead her samba group to the championship.

But she has another goal in mind as well.

In preparation for Rio's five-day Carnival blowout in February, she's having her 42nd plastic surgery — closing in on the Guinness World Record of 47 surgical procedures held by 52-year-old American Cindy Jackson, who calls herself a "Living Doll" and now promotes her own skincare line.

"I always was vain," Bismarchi, 36, acknowledges at the medical clinic near Rio where her plastic surgeon husband has operated on her 10 times. "And for carnival, you have to feel especially pretty."

You wonder if she married her plastic surgeon husband because she loved him, or because she figured it'd be easier to afford her operations this way.

Read the whole article - Brazilians are scary. Even poor Brazilians (those who aren't robbed or killing themselves riding on the tops of subway trains) get plastic surgery on the installment plan.

Scary, scary, scary and depressing, depressing, depressing...

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