50 Shocking Photos of Celebrities Before and After Plastic Surgery

Jay Dawson October 26th 2016 Entertainment
Here's a quick question: are you comfortable in your own skin? If you shouted yes, then congratulations: you are the 1%. For the rest of us, we have two options. Option one is to struggle through life, trying to make do with what we've got. Option two, if you've got the money for it, is to get a better face. These Hollywood celebrities have certainly got the money. And in an industry that values looks over anything else, who can blame them for taking the easier route? We've rounded up 50 stars who have had plastic surgery. Who's had some subtle enhancements, and who's ended up looking like Batman villain? Time to find out!
1. Cameron Diaz
From the fresh-faced young actress in The Mask, to a mask of her very own, Cameron Diaz has worked hard to keep herself looking young and staying relevant. At 44 years old, she's still snapping up role after role, and she still looks as young and hot as ever. Looking at these pictures, you can tell: the cheeks might be more pronounced, and the smile a bit wider, but apart from that it looks like she hasn't aged a bit.
According to reports, Diaz has had a number of surgical operations to maintain her youthful vigor. Apart from regular Botox injections, she has also undergone a face-lift or two. Maybe the only part she hasn't touched are the laughter lines around her eyes. But we think that they make her look a little more distinguished.
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2. Tyra Banks
It must be hard hosting America's Next Top Model. As you age naturally from season to season, the pretty young things around you just seem to stay the same age. It's understandable, then, that you'd start to feel like less of a mentor and more of a concerned grandparent. Somehow, though, in every appearance on our screens Tyra manages to look smashing.
Some of it, no doubt, can be attributed to a rigorous diet, fitness, and skincare regime. But Tyra has another ace up her sleeve: regular visits to the face fixers. Not that she looked bad before, mind you. But face-lifts have made her cheeks more defined and given her eyes a boost, to accentuate that innocent-yet-hot look. Added to that is a minor nose correction, which has slimmed it without making it look weird. Maybe she's hoping to be discovered on her own show.
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3. Daryl Hannah
From Blade Runner, to Wall Street, to Kill Bill, we've all grown up with Daryl Hannah over the years. Although we're now toothless old crones, Hannah is still looking just as good as she did back then. She's still acting, too, and using her sizable influence to fight hard for a number of worthwhile environmental issues.
She's not just opposed to climate change and it's clear that she's against any change to her face, too. It's true that there's been a bit of puffiness, most likely stress-related, that's been added over the years, but apart from that the Botox injections and face-lifts have done their work well. We're thinking there might have been some neck and forehead work done as well. Ours certainly aren't that smooth and supple.
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4. Heather Locklear
The same age as Daryl Hannah, Heather Locklear has a string of TV and film credits as long as her arm. We've seen her in Melrose Place, Spin City, and Scrubs, but now it you'd be hard pressed to recognize her. It's not that her looks have changed that much, but more that she seems to have gotten younger. If we didn't know better, we'd think that some of the more recent shots were of her daughter.
Her new-old look has had a lot of help from her local plastic surgeons, of course. You can tell from the smooth,, wrinkle-free face (and slightly surprised expression) that she's a fan of the Botox. It also looks like she's had a bit of collagen work done, to plump up those tired lips. Whatever it is (and however much it cost, though it's best not to think about that) she's looking natural and fabulous. And about 22 years old.
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5. Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange is an actor's actor, a tireless star who brings class and quality to every role she plays. While she may never be the household name like many others, or be in big-budget blockbusters, she's quietly won two Oscars, a handful of Golden Globes, and even a couple of Emmys. From her first breakout role four decades ago (the 1976 version of King Kong) to the present day, she continues to wow the audiences and delight the critics.
To keep up with her demanding roles, the ones that usually go to a younger actress, the 67-year-old has occasionally had to turn to the scalpel for help. It's done right by her, though. Facelifts and Botox have kept her skin taut and terrific, and she still looks like she's never even heard of a wrinkle. There are even hints of a neck and eyebrow lift here and there, but they're understated enough to look radiantly normal. It looks like she's good another good 60 years in her.
6. Sylvester Stallone
Sly might have had a blessedly long and successful action-movie career, but he wasn't so fortunate when he was being born. While he was being delivered, the doctors misused two pairs of forceps (back in the time when hospitals resembled torture chambers) and severed an important nerve, paralyzing the lower-left part of his face and resulting in his trademark expression and speech.
It's only normal, then, that he'd want to cover up some of the gifts that medical malpractice gave him. He's no stranger to this: aside from a tuck here and there to keep that handsome face alive, he's also started resorting to tattoos to cover up all his action-movie scars. Apparently he's had so many injuries on set that he's under the knife pretty much every year. Let's hope he's got a loyalty card.
7. Oprah
Considering the amount of money Oprah has, she really has no need for plastic surgery. Everyone loves her for her warm personality and very generous disposition, not for her looks. Besides, if she really wants a new image, she has enough cash to build a flawless robot Oprah army. She could hide away with her wrinkles and saggy chin and let them take the business over.
She's got no imagination, that Oprah. Instead of a TV channel run entirely by cyborg lookalikes, she's just opted for boring old plastic surgery. We'll admit that it's a good job. It doesn't look like much of a change at first, but on closer inspection you can see the differences in the nose and chin. With all the stress of being one of the world's most powerful people, we'd expect her to look much older, but Oprah and her technicians have slowed the process gracefully.
8. Priscilla Presley
Having turned Graceland mansion into a multi-million-dollar shrine and museum, Priscilla Presley is used to maintaining old and wealthy things. Her face is a testament to her years of glory as Elvis's wife, and thanks to a small fortune in surgical enhancements, she still appears just as she did way back in the 70s.
Her face, forehead, and neck have all had work, the lifts removing any signs that she is, in fact, 71 years of age. Only the lips bear any mark that she might have overdone herself. Over the years, collagen injections have ballooned them out to cartoonish proportions that would be strangely sexy if she wasn't old enough to be our grandmother. Ten more years and she might be a tourist attraction herself.
9. Demi Moore
Half of the world was horrified when they discovered that Demi Moore was dating Ashton Kutcher, a man 16 years her junior, while the other half silently cheered her on. But their marriage lasted a respectable eight years, thanks partly to one simple fact: it doesn't look like there's an age gap at all. And while Ashton gets older and grey hairs start to infect his patchy beard, Demi's only looking better and better.
The difference is clear in the photos. Nose work and small corrections around the eyes have given half a dozen years back to her, while the cheeks and jawline have become more defined and youthful. While the quality film parts might have dried up over the last decade, she's still on the big screen now and again. It's just that you might not really recognize her anymore.
10. Jennifer Grey
After her iconic performance in 1987's Dirty Dancing, many fans around the world though that Jennifer Grey simply vanished. Was the fame too much for her? Did she disappear somewhere in the Amazon? Was she abducted by aliens? The answer, it seems, was far simpler, she got two nose jobs.
Speaking of the after-effect of her rhinoplasties, she said, "I went in the operating room a celebrity and came out anonymous. It was like being in a witness protection program or being invisible." So much so, in fact, that at one point she considered changing her name and starting a whole new life and career. Eventually she decided against that and continued to take on minor roles. But everyone still hasn't worked it out.
11. Madonna
We may as well call her Benjamin Button, since Madonna seems to be living her life in reverse order. Instead of getting more and more modest as she ages, Madonna seems to be wearing less and less clothes. Gone are the "Italian nonna" heavy crucifixes and weird bras, only to be replaced by leotards and tank tops that wouldn't look out of place at an under-eights gymnastics class.
With a bit of nip and tuck, she's also managed to reverse the normal signs of aging. Sure, with a magnifying glass you can spot the odd wrinkle, but apart from that the 58-year-old entertainer looks like a high-school cheerleader who hasn't had the best night's sleep. Her nose has stayed the same, but a few forehead lifts and cheek work has set the time machine back to 1981.
12. Lisa Rinna
Darling of the soap opera world Lisa Rinna is also no stranger to the plastic surgeon's waiting room. Both Days of our Lives and Melrose Place established her as a TV star, but it also thrust her into the glamorous world of Botox and lip-fillers. Based on the pictures alone, it seems to have become quite the obsession.
Lisa has admitted to using Botox, silicon (usually used for breast augmentation), and Juvederm, similar to collagen. Based on her appearance, this seems to be only half the story. As a result of the Botox, and what we can only assume were a chin and forehead lift or three, the classic beauty of yesteryear now has lips that cover half her face and a permanently stunned expression. When pressed, she says that she regrets only the Juvederm. Is that all, Lisa?
13. Tori Spelling
When done the right way, minor cosmetic operations can transform a pleasantly average face into a work of sheer beauty. It can smooth out the imperfections we were given and quietly enhance our best features. When done the wrong way, you get Tori Spelling. That's not to say she looks horrible, or that they've botched the jobs. It's more that they've worked on all the wrong things.
It's hard to say where it all went wrong, but it looks like they started with one job and then kept piling more one. She looks completely different from the cherubic face that she presented to the world a quarter of a century ago in Beverly Hills, 90210. With an elongated chin, razor-sharp cheekbones, and much bigger lips, the current-day Tori hasn't quite got all the elements together. We can't quite figure out what's wrong. But please don't have another operation to fix it.
14. Catherine Zeta Jones
You would think that if you were married to someone 25 years older than you, you wouldn't really care how well you looked. No matter how old you got, they would always be older and grayer. Not so for Catherine Zeta Jones. Despite 16 years of loving marriage to Michael Douglas (who's now aged 72), the 47-year-old Welsh beauty still gets some cosmetic work done.
Of course, the nose job and eyebrow lifts might have nothing to do with Michael. It's not always about looking good for the guys - maybe she wants it for her own self-esteem. The fact of the matter is, though, that she looked gorgeous before, and she still looks gorgeous now. The surgery hasn't done much, if anything, to make her any more beautiful. If only she'd realize. At the very least, she'd save a bit of money.
15. Nicole Kidman
Luminous Australian actress Nicole Kidman has never left our hearts since Days of Thunder. She's become a mainstay of cinema and a Hollywood powerhouse, and there's rarely a film that doesn't benefit from her incredible acting talent. Despite her continued success the industry has, in one way, got to her: she's into plastic surgery as much as the next actress.
Whether it's to keep up with the new generation of stars, or purely so Keith Urban doesn't outshine her, Nicole's reportedly had a few things done. The photos make it clear. There's been some lifting around eyes and brow, the chin has been slightly adjusted, and Botox, possibly Collagen, too, has rounded everything off, giving her that strained expression that's so hot right now. Sadly, she still hasn't worked on her tan.
16. Ashley Tisdale
At the tender age of 31, the only plastic surgery Ashley Tisdale should be getting is cutting up that credit card. She hasn't started aging yet, and her skin still retains a stress-free elasticity and carefree glow. Yet something about her lovely face must have bothered her, since the rumors are all saying that she's had a bit of work done.
Looking closely at the High School Musical starlet, it appears that the rumors are true. Her nose is thinner, more defined, the area around the eyes has been given a little jazz, and her jawline is looking harder than ever. This isn't a case of fixing bad genes, though. More like polishing a diamond. In any case, we think she looks wonderful with the surgery.
17. Fergie
Black Eyed Peas frontwoman Fergie has been through more changes than a New York traffic signal. If you collected snapshots of her every four years, it'd look like an album of completely different people. Sure, the band has been through some changes too (they get progressively worse). But why can't she settle on a look?
From big lips to small lips, then back again, and a chin that changes shape every five seconds. And let's not mention the work around the eyes, since we don't know what's going on there at all. The worst part about it is that she's originally a really beautiful girl who just seems to be looking more and more fake. Oh well. Whatever she's thinking, she must really be racking up the Frequent Lifter points.
18. Christina Aguilera
What do you do when all the pop starlets you inspired become far more famous than you? In Christina Aguilera's case, she appears to have come up with only one solution: look outrageous. The transition from Genie In A Bottle to Dirrty was only the tip of the makeover-iceberg, it seems. Now she's turned to more permanent measures to stand out from the crowd.
While a lot of it has been done with some well-placed makeup and tactical blush, you can easily see how much work can also be chalked up to surgery. The lips have been given more volume, Botox has been applied, and we're pretty sure her nose has been given a tweak as well. The end result is, well, startling. While it will definitely get her noticed, she has also turned out looking like a Japanese computer game character. Some people find that hot (e.g. sweaty teenage nerds), but they're not the ones buying her albums.
19. Courteney Cox
Young, beautiful, and a little bit weird, Courteney Cox nailed that New York 90s vibe as Monica Geller in Friends. The transition to acting life, post-Friends, seems to have been a little bit more difficult than those glory years. Especially when you're cast in Cougar Town. So what do you when everyone thinks you're ready for old woman roles? You get to work.
On your face, that is. Fighting a war with age is usually a losing battle, but not for Courteney. With some tightening around the upper face and cheeks, she's actually starting to look a little young for Cougar Town. There's no sign of any wear and tear, just a bit of extra elegance. With any luck and a little maintenance, she'll making young men swoon for years to come.
20. Donatella Versace
It's hard to believe that no-one stopped Donatella Versace from doing this to herself. That none of her friends took her to one side and told her she was ruining an otherwise pretty face. Because this isn't cosmetic surgery. This wouldn't have involved any doctors. All you need to do to get this look is to throw some flesh-colored putty around and see what sticks.
This is what happens when plastic surgery goes too far. While we'll readily admit that Donatella is a wonderful woman and a very talented fashion designer, we've got one question: what happened to her taste? With fillers, laser resurfacing, and reconstructions to most of her face, not a scrap of her former beauty is left. Just a horror story to get the kids to bed on time.
21. Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson's not too old for anything. She can put out club tunes, she can "accidentally" show us her nipple, and she can certainly still have children. She's living the live that most twenty-year-olds dream of, and just to prove it, she's got the face to match. With a little help from her cosmetic surgeon friends, she's looking younger by the day.
The results are self-evident. Janet's cheeks have been shaped, her nose has become more defined, and there's some work that's been done on her eyelids, too. The end result is a singer and icon that has stayed timeless while many of her contemporaries have faded away. We'll see what happens when she finally becomes a mother, but no doubt she'll be looking fabulous again within weeks.
22. Lindsay Lohan
The rise and fall of Lindsay Lohan sold millions of magazine copies and kept us celeb-watchers glued to our computer screens. Like a slow-motion car crash, we watched as the adorable star of The Parent Trap grew up then discovered that the hard-partying lifestyle was just too hard to resist. As felony after misdemeanor mounted up, her star plummeted.
That wasn't the only thing that changed about Lindsay. Although only in her mid-twenties at the time, she just couldn't avoid the plastic surgery craze. A once naturally pretty face became like a Picasso painting, as she got a nose job, lip fillers, and had work done on her cheeks. Only time will tell if the damage can be undone. We sure hope it can!
23. Sarah Jessica Parker
Several (very unkind) commentators would say that the plastic surgeons haven't done enough to Sarah Jessica Parker, but we think she's an example of cosmetic enhancements done right. Her most defining, endearing, or interesting feature (you choose), her nose, has been left untouched. It's as if she's saying "So what? I'm proud of it." At least she decided to keep that part of her face natural.
What has been done is mostly subtle. The cheeks have been sculpted, lips reshaped, and a pull here and there has allowed her skin to stay fresh and young. One thing the Sex and The City star has had done is to completely redo those bushy eyebrows. Although that wouldn't have required a surgeon, just a landscape gardener.
24. Jessica Simpson
There are some people who are just born with stunning looks, and there are also some people who still can never be satisfied. Jessica Simpson is one of those people. Despite winning several genetic lotteries, she's still decided to head into the operating theatre and submit herself to the beauty knife. We don't know who told her she wasn't beautiful enough, but they were totally wrong.
Sources say that she's had some rhinoplasty done, as well as increasing the volume of her lips. From the pictures, that looks about right, although it looks like she's also given her eye area a quick Botox freeze as well. The thing is, we liked her old, angel-next-door look. In our eyes, she never had a single fault to begin with.
25 Jennifer Aniston
We may as well call it "The Friends Curse". Become a breakout star in your youth in a hit TV show, and all of a sudden it's all over and you're desperately clinging on to those wonder years. Courteney Cox had The Curse, and it seems like Jennifer Aniston's got it too. Not that her career's over, mind you. She's been in plenty of things which we just can't seem to recall right now.
Just kidding, Jen-Ton, we love you. And since your goofy Friends days, you really have aged gracefully. The work you have had, the nose slimming, cheek sculpting, and getting rid of that tumor shaped exactly like Brad Pitt, looks very, very good on you. You might not look like a homecoming queen anymore, but we're still in awe.
26. Courtney Love
From fronting the Grammy-award-winning band Hole, to a drug addiction, to marrying Kurt Cobain, to being an on-again, off-again actress, Courtney Love has had one very tumultuous life. In 52 years, she's seen and done it all. Often, a life with that many ups and downs is reflected in someone's face, whether through wrinkles, scars, or a killer tan, but in Courtney's case, it's a little different.
Like many other celebs, she's gone for some surgical touch-ups. Unlike many celebs, each time she's gone on the table, the results have been a little worse. While this might not be the most flattering photo we could find, the differences are plain to see. Lip fillers and eye lifts have been applied too liberally, going straight past the "natural youth" category and falling firmly into "carnival sideshow". Though as the original rebel and darling of the anti-establishment scene, maybe that's the look that she was going for.
27. Kris Jenner
Keeping up with the Kardashians is hard work. To be honest, we don't know how Kris Jenner does it, as a mother or as a person. Those crazy kids are always up to something new and scandalous, and they're always looking so good doing it. Poor Kris has got it tough on two fronts. Not only would the stress of building a brand empire give her body hell, but she has also has to try and look as classy as her daughters.
Luckily there's a magic bullet that solves all her problems, and it's called a trip to the doctor. With a quick rhinoplasty, some tweaks around the mouth, and a facelift, she can look far younger than her 60 years would suggest. From there it's just a Botox injection every once in a while, and she's got her image looked after. Now that's a multi-talented mom.
28. Jocelyn Wildenstein
Jocelyn's face is one of those urban legends that gets passed around in hushed whisper. A photo surfaces here and there, and everyone who sees it refuses to believe it. No way, they say. That's one of those iPhone ugly-making apps or something. Well, we've got news for you. Jocelyn Wildenstein is real, and that face is going to haunt you for the rest of your life.
She began her life as a sweet, simple Swiss girl, but after she married Alec Wildenstein she started to really change. He had a fondness for cats, you see, and her loving gift to him was to change her entire face to match. Despite their eventual divorce, and thanks to a billion-dollar settlement, she just couldn't stop ruining her face. We can't even tell you what operations she's had done. Or if there's a real person under there anymore.
29. Scarlett Johansson
This one's shocking, even to us. Why on earth would Scarlett Johansson get plastic surgery? She is, and this has been scientifically proven, one of the most beautiful and alluring people in the world. Was our love for her all based on a lie? Were we really just in love with the skilled hand of a plastic surgeon?
We can't refute the facts that the photos tell. You can see that her nose has been ever-so-slightly slimmed down, and that there's been some lifting around the eyes. It seems, though, that all this change has been fairly recent, long after we first met her in Lost in Translation. Which is good news for us, since it means our whole life hasn't been a lie. To tell you the truth, we could probably get used to the new Scarlett, too.
30. Cher
If she could turn back time... Well, the pop legend can, and she has. Thanks to the modern wonders of cosmetic surgery, Cher is looking just as fabulous as she did 40 years ago. Looking at her now, it's hard to believe that she's 70 years old. But with a few skin tightenings, and some work on her neck and forehead, she's still got the beauty to compete with singers half her age.
It's true that in some aspects she's taken it a little far. The lips aren't quite what they used to be, and her eyes need either a little bit more or a little bit less work. But overall, she's the poster child for plastic surgeons across the country. It's not just her appearance that's stayed golden: she's still making killer tunes, and she's the only artist in the history of music to have a Billboard #1 every decade from the 60s to today. We think she's got at least a couple more decades in her.
31. Heidi Montag
Shakira might sing that her hips don't lie, but in the world of body enhancements, it's the scars that tell it all. Heidi Montag would know. The TV celeb who first made her name in The Hills has made a living baring her soul on the small screen, but as is always the case with reality TV, it's hard to tell what's real and what's fake.
What's definitely the truth is that in 2010, Heidi had an insane 10 cosmetic procedures in one day. The pictures above might not show the scars, but it's impossible to not notice the differences. It seems like she's had pretty much everything done, from the crease-free forehead down to her eye-popping bust line. We prefer the old Heidi, but this is reality TV. You've gotta get publicity somehow.
32. Megan Fox
Talk about dedication to your art. In an admirable piece of method acting, Megan Fox got so into her role in the Transformers movies that she transformed into a robot herself. Apparently not happy with her original, flawless face, Megan turned to plastic surgery to do what CGI couldn't. A few collagen and Botox injections later, and she's almost unrecognizable.
The result is equal parts hot and a little bit creepy. The fuller lips definitely add something, classic sexual allure, mostly, but the job that's been done around the eyes have turned her into a wicked Disney witch. Why some people will go to such lengths to alter an otherwise perfect face, we'll never know. Maybe in her next film she'll be a down-to-earth surfer chick, and she'll go back to normal.
33. Uma Thurman
John Malkovich once said of Uma Thurman, "There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her. I haven't met anyone like her at that age. Her intelligence and poise stand out. But there's something else. She's more than a little haunted." She was just 18 years old then. Now, 28 years later, not much has changed at all. Plastic surgery has worked its magic once again, and she still has poise and beauty.
And with that pale skin, a little bit of the haunted look as well. The images might not reveal much differences, but that's the point. If they were taken so far apart in time, how did she manage to retain her youthful appearance from one to the other? The answer is, supposedly, the full menu of operations and treatments. Whatever she's done, though, she's chosen the right doctor for it. She's come out of it looking fresh and natural.
34. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson might not have been the first woman in the world to get breast implants. But when she stepped onto the screen in that famous Baywatch red swimsuit, she started a revolution. Men all over the world quietly fainted, and women looked down in disappointment at their own assets. That was in 1990. Nowadays, breast augmentation is a billion-dollar industry.
Though she might have removed them again in 1999, there were a few other things that have stuck around. It's clear from the photos that she's had some work around the eyes and on her jawline, giving her a more heart-shaped face. And at almost half a century old, she's undoubtedly had some more work to stay as gorgeous as she is. We don't blame her for keeping that face. It's one that's launched a thousand plastic surgeons' careers.
35. Dolly Parton
The one thing unusual about Dolly Parton is how refreshingly candid she is about her enhancements. Although her famous breasts are what's gotten her the most attention (apart from her musical talent, of course), she's famous for noting once that "if I see something sagging, bagging or dragging, I'll get it nipped, tucked or sucked." Way to own it, Dolly!
It's true that she has an image to maintain. And despite it occasionally looking unnatural, her "cheap" look is what makes her so endearing. We've all forgotten about the Dolly Parton before she made it big in 1967. This Dolly's bold, brash, and even with the procedures, 100% genuine. That's why we all love her. It's hard to hate Dolly for any reason whatsoever.
36. Kylie Jenner
At the risk of sound old here, we have to say that we don't understand the kids of today. At all. If you're Kylie Jenner, 19 years old, beautiful, rich, and loved by millions, why would you ever need to get plastic surgery? We get it if you're getting old and wrinkly and trying to claw at fleeting scraps of your youth. But we don't get why Kylie's caught up in all this.
Amid rumors that she had been modifying herself, Kylie caused quite the stir on the internet when she appeared with a pair of very full lips. She denied everything, of course, she's no Dolly Parton. But later she admitted to using lip fillers to achieve the look. Now, tweens the world over are raiding their parents' wallets to get in on the action. And still we wonder why the world's gone down the toilet.
37. Barry Manilow
We needed another man on this list to even things out somewhat, and Barry Manilow's the perfect candidate. The self-confessed plastic addict had his first face-life in 2003, and hasn't been able to stop since. Always on stage and in the public eye, it makes sense that he's concerned about his appearance. But did he have to go quite this far?
What was once a bright, blue-eyed singer with a string of classic hits under his belt now looks, well, totally wrong. His chin has been shaped to look like a lumpy potato, his regular nose has been shaved down to a thin, awkward strip, and those eyes are just... no good at all. Gazing into his eyes these days would give you shivers instead of hot flushes. In fact, a little makeup here and there and we think he'd look like Jigsaw from the Saw films. Sorry, Barry.
38. Kim Kardashian
Strangely for such a high-profile TV star, Kim Kardashian has also been an enhancement-denier. For years she strenuously rejected any claims that she had gone under the scalpel. Considering the circus her life is already, why would she think that anyone cared? But the proof is in the photos, and the truth finally came out.
You can see the corrections, although minor, fairly clearly. There's been some work done enhancing the nose, around the lips, and at the corners of her eyes. But it's alright, Kim, we don't adore you any less. But we do have one more question: what procedure did you undergo to get that outrageous butt? Even though she has denied repeatedly getting a butt enhancement, we find that quite hard to believe.
39. Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee's always lived in the shadow of her older sister. Commercial success, looks, lip-synching skills, Jessica's got her beat on pretty much all fronts. That's not to say that Ashlee's a failure. She's just got great expectations to live up to.
Like her older sister, and maybe to catch up to her, Ashlee's had a bit of work done on her face and body. If you look closely, the effects are quite noticeable. Her chin has been slightly redefined and the cheeks have been tightened too, for a china doll effect. You can also see the effects of a Botox injection or three around the eyes. She still hasn't found much musical success, but maybe the plastic surgery will change all that.
40. Blake Lively
Compared to other celebs, Blake looks like she hasn't had much cosmetic work done at all. And with a successful acting career and two children, when would she find the time to make an appointment? The speculation, however, is rampant. The Gossip Girl star's face is just too perfect to be only the work of God (or luck).
If you take a look at the photos, the truth of the matter becomes clear. The nose has been sculpted to make it slimmer, and it looks like her lips have been plumped up, too. We suspect that there's been some Botox as well, but we can't confirm it. That's the thing: this plastic surgery's been done so well, all we can do is guess.
41. Renee Zellweger
In the lead-up to the release of Bridget Jones 3, Renee Zellweger labeled the intense speculation over her looks as "sexist". Don't worry, Renee, we're not going to fall into that trap. We're not going to discuss what's happened to your face over the years, or that you've aged gracefully and wonderfully. We're classier than that.
No, really. Let's just talk about her career. From a killer turn in one of our favorite movies ever (Empire Records, in case you were wondering), Renee has blossomed into an actress that is comfortable in any kind of role, whether it's comedy, horror, or drama. Responding to comments that she had had surgery done, she said "I am different. I'm happy." Good on you, Renee. Case closed.
42. Bruce Jenner / Caitlyn Jenner
Here's an example of the positive effects of plastic surgery. Decades ago, a celebrity who wasn't comfortable with who they were would only have one choice: to live a secret life of shame and yearning. But nowadays, when someone the caliber of Bruce Jenner realizes that they identify as someone different, fulfilling those dreams is a fantastic possibility.
In the highly-publicized transition from Bruce to Caitlyn, Jenner opted not to undergo reassignment surgery, saying that "life as a woman is primarily a matter of mental state and lifestyle." She has, however, had a few cosmetic enhancements to achieve a traditionally feminine look. The famous Vanity Fair cover says it all: here's a woman who's not afraid to show who she is.
43. Melanie Griffith
If you've read our list of cursed movie sets, then you'll know all about the rough upbringing she had as an actress. Cast by her mother in Roar, a film which featured almost 100 real-life lions on set, she was savagely mauled during production and at one point thought she might lose her eye. Fortunately, she healed up nicely and went to take on more lucrative and far safer roles.
She's still hell-bent on messing up her face, although now instead of lions, she has plastic surgeons to do the job. We can understand if she wants to conceal the signs of aging, but it looks like she's taken it a little far. The wrinkles may have gone, but the new puffy lips and frozen eyes don't do her justice at all. It's lucky that she's such a fine actor and an outstanding person.
44. Joan Rivers
Most of the paparazzi snaps taken of the late, great Joan Rivers made her look like some kind of monster. But the reality of it is much kinder: the famed wit and bestselling author was, at 80 years old, looking magical. How many other octogenarians do you know that can look that good? From movie set to microphone, nobody quite matched the sheer class of Joan.
Her nose, and lips have clearly had some work, and no doubt there's been lifts and tucks all over the place to get rid of any sagging. But that's just hiding the effects of being one of the most hardworking talents in the industry, lauded by everyone from Chris Rock to Prince Charles. Eventually, all that age and stress will catch up to you. Not so for Joan, who was fabulous up until the day she left us.
45. Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's life was dissected, vivisected, and torn to shreds by the baying tabloids. While his later life did definitely take a bizarre and sometimes sinister turn, in many cases the rumors surrounding him were completely fabricated. His plastic surgery and supposed skin bleaching was just one example of how the rabid masses will believe anything.
The truth is that he had a rare skin disease called Vitiligo, which caused parts of his skin to lose their pigmentation and become sensitive to sunlight. While he did have plastic surgery for other matters, just take a look at his nose and cheeks, he only ever used approved treatments for his condition, and makeup to even out the look. It seems that the myth will stay with us forever, but hopefully so will his music.
46. Janice Dickinson
As one of the world's first supermodels, Janice Dickinson has earned millions over the last four-and-a-half decades. Trading on her exotic looks and flawless features, in her time she's graced the cover of every fashion magazine known to man, including Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Photo, Vogue (an incredible 37 times, no less), Marie Claire, and Playboy. But supermodels age, and supermodels are replaced with next year's supermodels. What's a pretty girl to do?
In Janice's case, it seems the answer is to ruin her looks. She's still getting gigs, of course, as a judge on America's Next Top Model and launching her own agency, but that alluring Polish-Scottish mix has all but disappeared. Now she's just big lips, a weird nose, and an artificially rounded chin. She's become one of the Stepford Wives.
47. Lil’ Kim
There's been some big changes to Lil' Kim over the years. She's become a mother, her musical output has been up and down, and she's picked fights with a bunch of other celebs, like Nicki Minaj. Not even her appearance has stayed steady. Surgery after surgery has done its damage, warping her face into something you might see at the bottom of the ocean.
We'll never know why she's doing it, but it's pretty plain to see that she's never going to stop. Some of it is creative makeup, for sure, but there's also been some Mount Rushmore-style sculpting going one, with her chin, nose, and cheekbones all redefined. Is it a cry for help? Attention? Or does she really like her new image? If her public statements are anything to go by, it seems like she just doesn't care at all what we think.
48. Mickey Rourke
Considering the punishment that most boxers go through, you'd expect that more of them would get some kind of plastic surgery. Maybe they carry around the scars and broken noses as a trophy. Mickey Rourke, on the other hand, had his side job as an actor to consider. He didn't think twice about fixing up all the knocks and bumps that he got as an amateur boxer.
Without the surgery, he might have ended up looking like his character in Sin City. Instead, he's had a couple of face lifts, some neck work, and corrections to his lips, and he's come out looking like a new man. It's worked for him, too, after his stint in the ring, he's had no shortage of Hollywood opportunities and outstanding roles.
49. Rumer Willis
The eldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Rumer Willis was dropped straight into the glitzy world of big money and intense scrutiny. Even with big shoes to fill, she's become a successful actress in her own right, appearing in a number of movies and TV shows before making her Broadway debut last year. What she's also inherited is the industry's (and her mother's) passion for surgical self-improvement.
Following a long history of celebs who've given themselves a plastic boost, Rumer has apparently had some of her own work done, on her chin, lips and breasts. Unlike other celebs, she's gone for a far more natural look than the surgeons usually cook up. It looks like she's taken a trip to the hair stylist, too. There's no way she was born with those luscious locks.
50. Meg Ryan
Those piercing blue eyes and immaculate beauty marked out Meg Ryan for a career in acting, long before she even realized it. Although initially studying to be a journalist, she dropped out with only a semester to go when starring in commercials turned out to be just too much fun. Her rise to the top has never faltered, thanks to knock-out romantic and dramatic roles like When Harry Met Sally and While You Were Sleeping.
Keeping that perfect image intact has also helped, and the cosmetic surgeons have helped her out in their own way. Her nose has been shortened and slimmed, to make it cuter and more button-like, and she's had a bit of Botox here and there to iron out any signs of aging. On the whole, though, it's been an unmitigated success. She still looks fresh and glam, and she's still landing the roles.

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50 Extraordinary Women You Won't Believe Actually Exist

Luke Chase May 25th 2016 Entertainment
It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller. She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.
Elaine Davidson: Most Body Piercings
Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. Since first receiving a skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of 8 June 2006. The former restaurant owner is constantly adding and replacing jewelery, mostly in her face. She enhances her exotic looks with tattoos and brightly coloured make-up, and often wears feathers and streamers in her hair.
She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her internal piercings is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005. In March 2010, Davidson reported a total of 6,725 piercings. As of March 2012, she has over 9,000. As of may 2016, she has 9,800. She was born in Brazil and is a former nurse. She does not drink or use drugs. She now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jyoti Amge: World's Shortest Woman
Jyoti Amge (born 16 December 1993) is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg hails from Nagpur, India. She weighs 11 pounds and stands at 23 inches, according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg has a "form of dwarfism called achondroplasia," Guinness says.
On her fame, Jyoti Amg says, "I don't like it if I am being held like a baby," but that she will let some people and fans pick her up. She also gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission." "I love acting in this show," she says. "My biggest dream is that I go to Hollywood and become an actress."
Cara Anaya: Chronic Orgasms Disorder
The 30-year-old Arizona mother lives with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition that can leave her feeling sexually aroused for up to six hours a day. "The one day that I decided to count how many orgasms I had in one sitting, I counted 180 in two hours," she told Barcroft TV. "Pretty much, with that type of number, you're having two or three in a minute." Anaya has seen a number of health specialists but has not been able to find treatment.
The condition has created difficulties in her relationship with husband Tony Carlisi, who initially thought she was crazy when he first learned about it. "I would say the most difficult thing is seeing my wife in pain and knowing there's nothing I can do to help her," he said. As a result of the condition, Cara has to avoid being out in public or open spaces like parks. She said: "It is ruining my life, because it messes with your head. Your body is running on a high, on an up and down, so it really affects your moods."
Aevin Dugas: World's Largest Afro
The largest afro measures 18.5 cm (7.3 in) high, 19.6 cm (7.7 in) wide and 132.1 cm (4 ft 4 in) in circumference and was achieved by Aevin Dugas, in New Orleans, USA on 4 October 2010. Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical straighteners and "go natural". The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to grandmothers are following in her footsteps.
Aevin said: "At one time I strived to get hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy". She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement. "When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like that because it looks weird."
Aimee Mullins: Amputee Athlete
Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.
As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Julia Gnuse: Most Tattooed Woman
Julia Gnuse, commonly known by the nickname "The Illustrated Lady," born in 1959, has 95% of her body (including her face) covered in tattoos and holds the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world. In her mid 30s, Gnuse developed porphyria, a condition in which sunlight results in blistering of the skin. As the blisters often result in scarring, she began getting tattoos as a way to cover up the scars, which can get as deep as third degree burns. A friend of Gnuse's who was a plastic surgeon had suggested she get her skin tattooed in a pale skin tone color, similar to the color of her scars. This was attempted but didn't turn out the way they had hoped.
The tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering as they are purely aesthetic. Instead she decided to try colorful tattoos, consisting of a variety of themes including: her favorite cartoons, her favorite actors and even a self portrait. Gnuse has appeared on the tv show Ripley's Believe it or Not. She also had a small role in Aerosmith's music video for their song Pink.
Valeria Lukyanova: Real Life Barbie Doll
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova is a Moldovan-born Ukrainian model and entertainer, notable for her resemblance to a Barbie doll, with several sources describing her as, among other handles, a "real-life Barbie doll" and "human Barbie". To enhance the effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green eyes. She has stated that she has had breast implants, but that the rest of her body is completely natural and slender due to daily gym workouts and a special diet.
She asserts that her slender figure is a result of a good diet involving small amounts of raw fish and fresh fruit juice, and a punishing exercise regimen. It's no wonder that Lukyanova has drawn comparisons to Mattel's iconic figurine - but she insists she finds this insulting. Lukyanova does not drink or smoke, and claims that she is working towards a state of being which will be able to survive on no food at all.
Annie Hawkins-Turner: World's Largest Natural Breasts
The largest breasts belongs to Annie Hawkins-Turner (aka Norma Stitz) (USA) who has an under breast measurement of 109.22 cm (43 in) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 177.8 cm (70 in). She currently wears a US size 52I bra, the largest made, but by American bra estimation, these measurements would put her in a 48V bra, which is not manufactured.
Annie says that her record-breaking bust began developing at the age of nine "I just started growing, and kept right on. I started wearing a bra when I was in third grade, and it was a regular grown-up woman's bra. I don't remember ever weaing a training bra." Annie was awarded her Guinness World Records title in 2000. "It made me feel like a million bucks. It's such an honour. This will go down in history. It's something I will always cherish."
Emma Morano: World's Oldest Person
Guinness World Records confirmed that Ms. Emma Martina Luigia Morano of Vercelli, Italy, is now the world's Oldest living person. Born on 29 November 1899, Ms. Morano is 116 years old, as of May 2016. Ms. Morano is believed to be the last person living born in the 19th century. Raised in Vercelli, she moved to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy. She married in 1926 and has lived there, in the same small apartment, ever since. She loves her home, her collection of watches and her big bed.
Emma married in 1926 and gave birth to a child who tragically passed away when he was only 6 months old. It was a loss of unimaginable pain for Emma. Her marriage was not working and in 1938, she took the difficult decision to leave her husband, and did not marry again. Extraordinarily, Emma followed the same diet for around 90 years - three eggs per day (two raw, one cooked), fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.
Erika Ervin: World's Tallest Model
Erika Ervin known professionally as Amazon Eve, is an American transgender model, fitness trainer, and actress. She has appeared on the cover of Australian magazine Zoo Weekly and played a recurring character on American Horror Story: Freak Show. At 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall, news stories have called her "the world's tallest model".
Ervin ventured to obtain roles as an actress but gave up on the idea when she was constantly offered roles as an alien or monster. Later she studied law and exercise physiology. Tired of the office life that she had pursued and unhappy with her weight, she joined a gym but strived for an unrealistic size 0 physique that almost resulted in ending her life. Eventually she developed a healthier body image and began to view herself as a super-sized version of Super Woman and became a personal trainer devoted to instilling realistic expectations for herself and her clients. She tours the world participating in height comparison photo shoots and regular modeling jobs and posts her tour on her website.
Becca Meyers: Athlete Born Deaf
Becca Meyers, 20, who attends Franklin & Marshall, was born deaf and was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual balance and vision loss. She broke a world record in swimming and won the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability. In 2014, Meyers set two world records (400 freestyle and 200 IM) and earned six medals (four gold, two silver) at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.
"It's amazing how being nominated and winning for Paralympics brings a lot of awareness to the sport [of swimming]," she said. "That's one of the reasons I do this is to raise awareness and give back. If you asked me five years ago, I wouldn't have believed I'd be in this position [to win an ESPY and give back]. It's a roller coaster and I'm still on the ride enjoying it."
Mikel Ruffinelli: World's Largest Hips
Mikel Ruffinelli (born 1972) is an American woman who currently holds the record of widest hips in the world, according to the World Record Academy. Her weight is more than 420 pounds (190 kg) and her hips measures an unusual 8 feet (2.4 m) in circumference, although her waist is only 3 feet 4 inches (102 cm). She is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Mikel was a normal-sized young woman and in her early 20s weighed an above average 180 pounds. But at 22, she put on 56 pounds after having first child Andrew. After daughters Destynee, Autumn, and Justyce, followed, her weight and hips ballooned further. She eats an average 5,000 calories a day. Possibly this extraordinary fat tissue accumulation turns out to be an advanced stage of a medical condition called Lipedema.
Aneta Florczyk: World's Strongest Woman
Aneta Florczyk began her strength sports career when she was young. At 16 years old she began competing in powerlifting, where she quickly found success. At 19 years old she was the junior Polish champion in the bench press. She repeated this feat again at 23, as well as becoming the junior European record holder in the deadlift. She found further success winning gold in the Polish Cup and getting the Polish record in the 82.5kg class with a total of over 500kg. She has deadlifted 250kg (550lb) for a single repetition and 220kg (485lb) for 6 reps.
Here she transitioned from the world of powerlifting to strongwoman, where her greatest victories would be found. She first competed in strongwoman in 2002. Shortly afterwards she entered the 2003 World's Strongest Woman competition and shockingly took first place. She won 3 more times consecutively in 2005, 2006 and 2008 (the competition was unfortunately not held in 2004, 2007, 2009 or 2010) to total 4 World's Strongest Woman records.
Ann and Claire Recht: World's Tallest Twins
Identical twins Ann and Claire Recht born in the United States of America on February 9th 1988, were measured both horizontally and vertically, three times during 10 January 2007 in Oregon, USA and found to have an average overall height of 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) and 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) respectively. They hold the Guinness World Record for Tallest Female Twins . The American twin sisters are volleyball players.
Claire and Ann measured 22 inches at birth, and as toddlers their pediatrician predicted they'd grow well past 6 feet. They were a head taller than preschool classmates. By midway through elementary school, they were complaining about the lack of "fun colors" in their women's-size shoes and looking their teacher in the eye. Soon, adults told them they looked too old for trick-or-treating. By middle school, they were struggling to find khakis for their school uniforms.
Berliner Kobke: Ultra Small Waist
Berliner Michele Kobke, 24, has worn a corset continuously for three years, dropping nine inches off her waistline in her quest for a slim, hourglass figure. Kobke tells the Daily News she started with a waist of about 25 inches. Her three years of wearing a corset, which she wears eating, sleeping and even swimming, has left her with a 16- or 17- inch waist. "My dream waist is 15 inches," she said.
Even as she closes in on her "dream" waist, Kobke admits there are health concerns with such a passion. A doctor already diagnosed her with some muscle atrophy from wearing the fashion piece 24 hours a day. But aside even from the medical risks, Kobke has had a falling out with family members, who disagree with the extreme measures she takes for beauty.
Asha Zulu Mandela: World's Longest Dreadlocks
50-year-old Asha Zulu Mandela started growing her lovely dreadlocks 25 years ago, after moving from Trinidad Tobago to New York. Today she is known as "The Black Rapunzel" and holds the record for the world's longest locks, which measure 19 feet, 6 inches long. Eight years after she started growing her locks, Asha had a series of medical problems, including 13 surgeries, two mild heart-attacks and two mild strokes, so she spent 14 years in and out of hospitals.
Asha says that after 25 years of growing her hair naturally, cutting it would be like taking away her life. Still, her pride and joy can be a little problematic at times. She uses six bottles of shampoo at a time, and the hair needs to days to dry. When wet, the locks weigh 25 pounds, which puts an extra strain on her neck. Doctors have told her she has a curvature of the spine, most likely caused by the extra weight of her incredibly-long hair.
Charity Pierce: World's Fattest Woman
An Iowa mother who weighs 765lb is trying to get on a reality TV show because she believes it is the only way to save her life. Charity Pierce finds moving around so difficult that she is almost house bound, but doctors near her Cedar Rapids home say she must slim down to 500lb before they can give her a gastric band. Because Ms Pierce, who is the fattest woman in the world, has developed a medical condition called lymphedema, which has caused a huge swelling on her left leg, she no longer fits easily into a regular car.
"The one thing that's going to save my life is gastric bypass. But I'm a single mother on disability with no one to count on besides myself," she added. She hopes to be able to lose enough weight to be able to watch her daughter grow up, and also so she can have a dream wedding to her 22-year-old boyfriend, Tony Sauer.
Mandy Sellars: World's Biggest Legs
Mandy Sellars (born 20 February 1975 in Lancashire, United Kingdom) is a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has resulted in extraordinary growth in both of her legs. In 2006, some doctors diagnosed Sellars as having Proteus syndrome, a very rare condition thought to afflict only 120 people worldwide, but Sellars herself has disputed the diagnosis. Sellars' condition has been covered in several television programs, leading Sellars to jokingly describe herself as a "part-time TV star".
Sellars was born with abnormally large and misshapen legs and feet, which continued to grow at a disproportionate rate. Doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis for many years, until some doctors decided on Proteus syndrome in May 2006, though Sellar's condition is atypical in many respects. The most famous person with Proteus syndrome may be Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man". There is no known cure.
Kristina Rei: World's Biggest Lips
A woman desperate to look like Jessica Rabbit has won the dubious honour of being in possession of the world's biggest lips after having 100 silicone injections. Kristina Rei, 22, was convinced her thin lips made her ugly so she opted to have them enlarged in the style of her favorite cartoon character, at a cost of more than £4,000. She said: "I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy. Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street - like big lips - but I don't care. "
At school Kristina was bullied because of her looks. She said: "My classmates called me "ugly". They didn't tease me because of my lips specifically - but I believed big, full lips would make me beautiful. My big lips have helped boost my confidence. Even my parents are happy for me. They really don't care about my appearance. Some of my friends have told me I shouldn't go any bigger but I'm not satisfied yet."
Lizzie Velasquez: World's Skinniest Woman
Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Velásquez is an American motivational speaker and author. She has a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, impedes her from accumulating body fat. This condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and early youth and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking. She has gained many supporters and speaks out against bullying. Lizzie was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome by the Baylor College of Medicine.
Velásquez has zero percent body fat and is medically unable to gain weight. She has never weighed more than 29 kg (64 pounds), and is required to eat many small meals and snacks throughout the day. Additionally, she is blind in her right eye, which began to cloud over when she was four years of age, and vision-impaired in her left eye. Ever since Lizzie was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Woman" in a video posted on YouTube, Lizzie has spoken out against bullying. She has spoken at TED, where she talked about the topic of "How Do YOU Define Yourself" and has garnered 40 million views on her YouTube Channel. Lizzie is known for her optimism.
Xie Qiuping: World's Longest Hair
The world's longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on 8 May 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13 and now she needs an assistant to carry her crowning glory, as it's too long for her to manage alone.
Xie has been growing her hair out since she was a child. She says that her last haircut was in 1973. "It's no trouble at all. I'm used to it. But you need patience and you need to hold yourself straight when you have hair like this," she said. While Xie has a strong lock on the title of world's longest hair, there is a challenger, Cheng Shiqiong, who has been growing out her hair since 1996. But Ms. Qiuping doesn't need to be worried - Cheng's hair is only half the length of hers, at nearly 8 feet long.
Svetlana Pankratova: World's Longest Legs
Svetlana Pankratova (born April 29, 1971) has, according to Guinness World Records, the longest legs of any woman in the world. While she is not the world's tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimeters long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU).
Pankratova was born in Volgograd, Russian SFSR, USSR. She played women's basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from 1992 to 1995. She was an impact player, setting two school records which are still unbroken. Along with her native Russian, Pankratova speaks English and some Spanish. She lived in Torremolinos, Spain. On March 11, 2013 it was reported that Pankratova returned to Virginia after marrying local resident Jack Gosnell. She accepted a position as an assistant coach for the George Mason High girls' basketball team.
Emily Schlenker: World's Widest Tongue
The widest female tongue measures 7.33 cm (2.89 in) at its widest point and belongs to Emily Schlenker, as measured in Syracuse, New York, USA, on 2 November 2014. The record holder for the widest tongue (male) is Emily's dad Byron Schlenker. Amazingly Byron and Emily discovered their tonguey talents quite by accident, when Emily took a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records out of the library for a school project, and Byron instinctively turned to the page featuring the man who at that time held the record for world's widest tongue.
But while dad has been happy to embrace the celebrity, 14-year-old Emily was initially less keen to enter the limelight. She explained: "I had to think about submitting for the record for a while, but after seeing how much fun my dad has had with it, I decided I would do it." She went on: "After all, how many people have an opportunity to be in the Guinness Book of World Records?"
Edith Connor: World's Oldest Bodybuilder
The oldest competitive female bodybuilder is Edish Wilma Conner (USA, born 09 May 1935). She last competed in the 2011 NPC Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Loveland, Colorado, USA, on 20 August 2011. She entered her first bodybuilding competition (the Grand Masters in Las Vegas) on her 65th birthday, winning first place. She is also a personal trainer. She exercises at least three times a week and does not diet.
She began fitness training with her youngest son, taking it out "on the weights instead of the employees." She's 77 now, and though she is recovering from shoulder surgery, started lifting again in April, and plans to compete in the future, though not this year. Connor is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in "the mature body." Her clients are all over fifty. She sounds like exactly the kind of person who could get you motivated about getting into shape.
Adrianne Lewis: Excessively Long Tongue
Adrianne Lewis, 18, thinks she may have the world's longest tongue. The Michigan native's tongue is 4 inches long and can reach her eye. Although she has not been officially judged, Lewis believes she has what it takes to break the Guinness World Record. Lewis created a YouTube channel two years ago and since then her long licker has gone viral with thousands of people tuning in to watch her roll and twist her extraordinarily long tongue.
Lewis' tongue will appear in Ripley's Believe It or Not's annual book due out in May 2016, Edward Meyer, vice president of exhibits for Ripley's, told USA TODAY Network. "She's certainly not the first long tongue story we've ever done, but it's definitely a 'believe it or not,' " he said. "As an editor, I see that kind of story and it brings a smile to my face and I want the world to know about it."
Maria Jose Cristerna: Most Body Modifications
Most body modifications on a female is held by Maria Jose Cristerna (Mexico) who has a total of 49 body modifications, including significant tattoo coverage, a range of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest and arms, and multiple piercings in her eyebrows, lips, nose, tongue, ear lobes, belly button and nipples. Maria Cristerna is also referred to as "The Mexican Vampire lady." She had dental work to make her look like she has fangs and even has titanium horns inserted into her head making her the scariest looking woman ever.
The The 35-year-old mother-of-four gives talks to women suffering from domestic abuse. "At first people were interested in my looks because it was cool, because it attracts attention and because it's something different," Cristerna is quoted as saying in a Sky News article. "But I see it as something good among all the bad, because I'm giving a message. I won't be able to change the thinking of the entire world, but I'm always there to help the people that need it."
Jessica Long: Amputee Athlete
Jessica Tatiana Long (born February 29, 1992) is a Russian-born United States Paralympic swimmer from Baltimore, Maryland competing in S8 and SB7 category events. She has held world records in several events in her class and has won multiple gold medals over three Summer Paralympics. Long entered the international stage at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning three gold medals in swimming. Aged twelve at the time, she was the youngest competitor on the U.S. Paralympic Team. One of her gold medals was the 100-meter freestyle.
Long was born Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova in Bratsk, Siberia and adopted at the age of 13 months. Because of fibular hemimelia, her lower legs were amputated when she was 18 months old. She learned to walk with prostheses. Long has been involved in many sports including gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and rock climbing. She began swimming in her grandparents' pool before joining her first competitive team in 2002. The next year, Long was selected as Maryland Swimming's 2003 Female Swimmer of the Year with a Disability.
Cindy Jackson: Most Cosmetic Procedures
Cindy Jackson, born in 1956 in Hazard, Kentucky, United States is an American plastic surgery pioneer and best-selling author and television personality. In 2000 she was listed in the Guinness World record book for having had more cosmetic surgery procedures than anyone else. Since 1987 she has spent over $100,000 on 47 cosmetic procedures and has had 14 full scale operations including facelifts, two nose operations, eye lifts, knee, waist, abdomen and thigh liposuction, jaw surgery, lip and cheek implants, chemical peels and dozens of non-surgical procedures.
Jackson, 55, grew up in small town Ohio, with a short-tempered father and low self-esteem. She recalled a comment someone made to her when she was young: "One guy said when I was 14, 'You know Cindy, when you smile, from the side your nose and chin almost meet.'" She said: "It was like being in the wrong body and wrong face and I felt that very much and wanted to change it." When her father died, he left her some money, and she used it to start her transformation. She says she's been careful to take it slow, but also said she just wants to look beautiful and young. "I feel like a young spirit and I don't want to look in the mirror and see and old face. I feel this is me," she said. "This is the way I should look."
Christine Walton: World's Longest Fingernails
The longest fingernails in the world today belong to Christine Walton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Originally measured as the new record holder in February 2011, Walton's nails at that time measured a combined 6.019 m (19 ft 1 in). After getting measured again in 2013, Walton's nails had grown to a combined 7.314 m (23 ft 11 in). The 45 year-old, who is also a talented singer going by the stage name "The Dutchess," hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990.
"I never made a conscious decision to grow the nails, but with all my children and the music commitments I guess it was easier to let the nails grow. Then one day I look down and they're like 9 inches long!" Walton insists the nails don't prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive. To add some perspective, the length of The Dutchess' fingernails are the equivalent of: One killer whale, two mini coopers, five average adult arm spans, a president's nose on Mount Rushmore, the entire length of the average 12-year-old boy's intestines.
Sarah Paddy Jones: World's Oldest Acrobatic Salsa Dancer
The oldest female acrobatic salsa dancer is Sarah Paddy Jones (UK, born 1 July 1934) who won the first prize on the Spanish TV talent show "Tu Si Que Vales" in December 2009. Paddy was born in Stourbridge, England. She started dancing classical dance when she was 2 years old and at the age of fifteen began taking classes in more disciplines. However, she left dancing at the age of 22 when she married her husband, David. They moved to Gandia, Spain in 2001 when her husband retired, but David died of leukaemia just two years later.
After the death of her husband, Paddy decided to take flamenco classes at Nicolás "Nico" Espinosa's academy of dance, where she learned to dance salsa and formed the salsa dancing duo "Son del Timbal" with Nico (who is 40 years younger than her). In 2014, Paddy and Nico competed in the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent, where they finished ninth overall.
Karol Meyer: Breath Holder
The longest time to hold the breath underwater is 18 min 32.59 sec and was achieved by Karoline Mariechen Meyer (Brazil) at the Racer Academy swimming pool in Florianopolis, Brazil, on 10 July 2009. Karoline is a professional freediver who trained for four months to try and break the record. Prior to the attempt she inhaled oxygen for 24 minutes.
Meyer began diving during childhood. She became a competitive freediver in 1998. She has gone on to hold 8 world records, 2 Pan-American Records, 30 South American records, and 6 national records. She has also won several international competitions representing Brazil. Besides freediving, Meyer contributes toward fundraising for needy communities, public schools. She supports programmes against child labour, and advocated for children who live in front of the sea and have parents whose income depends directly on the sea.
Rumeysa Gelgi: World's Tallest Teenager
Guinness World Records presented Rumeysa Gelgi with the record title of Tallest Female Teenager in the world. The 17-year-old, who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), received the award in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük, in Turkey. Rumeysa is currently in the 11th grade at high school and lives at home with her parents and older siblings - who are all normal height.
Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici said: "Guinness World Records celebrates diversity and recognises extraordinary people all over the world. Rumeysa Gelgi has shown tremendous courage in the way that she has dealt with her condition, and it is an honour to meet and award her with the record title of Tallest Teenager." Medical experts believe that Rumeysa's condition is caused by Weaver's syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth. In addition to her exceptional height, Rumeysa's hands measure 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm.
Vivian Wheeler: World's Longest Beard
With the longest hair in her beard measuring 11 inches - 27.9 cm., Vivian Wheeler of Illinois is blessed with having the longest beard for a female. Her father insisted she start shaving at the age of 7, but since 1993 Vivian Wheeler has not, letting her beard grow. She said "I am in the Guinness Book of World Records and people tell me I am famous, that it's a history book but it doesn't comprehend in my head. I hope it never does because I don't want to be that kind of person that they think I could be or should be."
Wheeler has a medical condition called hermaphroditism. Meaning, she is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. She said she was born with facial hair but when she was about five that facial hair began to grow darker. When that happened, her father couldn't even look at her and sold her into a life on the road with the Ringling Brother's Circus. It's a life she said may seem bizarre to others but one that has a special purpose.
Duangjay Samaksamam: World's Largest Hands
Doctors believe that this woman has the "World's biggest hands" since each of her arms weighs 21 pounds. Duangjay Samaksamam is a shop owner from Surin province in Thailand. For over 50 years, she has suffered from a very painful and rare condition that has her limbs permanently swollen. She says that moving is painful for her even when handling simple tasks. "My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair, it's very difficult. Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful," she says.
The 59-year-old was embarrassed by her condition and spent her first 20 years as a recluse. She was ashamed of her look and never even went to school. Circumstances forced her to stop hiding so that she could earn a living and take care of her parents. She took over the running of her family's grocery shop. Medics around the world have a keen interest in her and many of them have attempted to reduce the swelling through surgery. None to date however has succeeded. "Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don't want to do that," she says.
Tatyana McFadden: Wheelchair Racer
Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville was named Paralympic Female Athlete of the Year. McFadden captured her third straight marathon grand slam, won her first marathon world title and set three T54 world records this year. McFadden broke the New York City Marathon's women's wheelchair course record by 7 minutes, 20 seconds with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes, 4 seconds.
McFadden was born in Leningrad, then Soviet Union, on 21 April 1989. She was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down. After her birth mother abandoned her in an orphanage that was too poor to afford a wheelchair for her, she walked on her hands for the first six years of her life. The doctors told her she was so sick that she had very little time to live. While in the orphanage, she met Deborah McFadden, who was visiting Russia as a commissioner of disabilities for the U.S. Health Department. Deborah, a single mother, adopted Tatyana and took her to live in Baltimore.
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