'I have been trolled and called a freak and a weirdo'
Rodrigo Alves is known as the "Human Ken Doll" after spending close to $1 million on cosmetic procedures.
However, the former UK Celebrity Big Brother star has just identified as transgender, saying that while many know her as "Ken", inside she's "always felt like Barbie".
The 36-year-old's addiction to cosmetic surgery began at 17, and since then she has had more than 100 procedures costing roughly of £600,000 ($A1 million).
Alves, has also said she wants to know be known as Roddy with the pronouns "she" and "her", after undergoing hormone injections to create feminine hips.
She now wears a D-cup bra, has blonde hair extensions and fake eyelashes to complete her new look.
"I finally feel like the real me. Glamorous, beautiful and feminine," she told the Mirror.
"For years I tried to live my life as a man. I had a fake six-pack put in, I had fake muscles in my arms, but I was lying to myself.
"I'm a woman and have always had a feminine brain. Now my body matches my mind."
Last year doctors removed her fake six-pack and inserted it into her bum for a bum lift.
COMPLETING HER TRANSITION
Roddy realised she wanted to transition during a photo shoot in New York a year ago where she was asked to dress in woman's clothes.
A month after returning to the UK, she was referred to a psychologist and psychiatrist where she was later diagnosed with gender dysmorphia disorder and given the option to start the appropriate medication to transition.
Roddy said she will complete her transition next year with gender realignment surgery where she will undergo penile inversion surgery, but before that, she will have silicone breast implants.
"I'll be able to wear dresses that show my cleavage and look sexy. I'm very excited," Roddy told the publication.
She will then have face feminisation surgery that involves an incision at the top of her scalp, allowing doctors to reshape her forehead, give her an eye lift, lip lift and middle face lift.
"I'm having my Adam's apple removed, my jawline shaved and my chin modified," she said.
Roddy, who is from Brazil and lives in London, was recently warned by doctors that her health was at risk after having an 11th nose job to fix a botched procedure.
In 2016, then still known as Rodrigo, her nose became infected after a sixth nose job.
It left her unable to breathe, but despite doctors warning the nose could become gangrenous and would need to be removed, Roddy had five more reconstructive nose jobs, with the most recent in January 2019.
Roddy admitted it took a lot of courage to admit she was transgender with her quest to become a woman dating back to when she was little and dressing in her mum's clothes.
In fact, Roddy had breasts as a child, and when she was 17, she had them removed.
A hormone dysfunction caused her breast tissue to grow at the rate of her female peers and left her with a pair of breasts at the age of 16.
She spent about $3500 on the procedure, which sparked the start of a surgery addiction that has spanned 19 years.
She revealed she was bullied at school because of her "femininity", describing it as a "traumatic" experience, and said she continued to face criticism over her changing appearance into adulthood.
"Behind closed doors, I've been living as a woman for the last three months," she said. "I love it and everything that comes with it - going to nice hair salons and getting my nails, eyebrows and eyelashes done. Buying dresses and high heels and wearing sexy lingerie.
"But I have been trolled and called a freak and a weirdo, so of course I am nervous about how people will react," she told the Mirror.
She hopes people will accept her as a woman and not judge or ridicule her.
Roddy believes the bullying led to her success, having moved to London at 20 where she studied public relations at university, followed by a stint on Celebrity Big Brother UKin 2018.
SEX LIFE AND DATING
Roddy, who is attracted to straight men, said her sex drive had decreased, but it doesn't bother her.
"People always thought I was gay and initially I did too. But I was never gay. I was never into the gay scene. I never had a gay relationship," she said.
"I have always been attracted to straight men because I am a straight woman. I was rarely in relationships, and I don't have much relationship experience.
"Men look at me because they desire me. And women look at me because they want to copy what I'm wearing."
Roddy said it was a completely different type of attention to what she was receiving prior to her transition.
"Before, people looked at me because I looked very androgynous and weird for a man," she said.
"Now I hope they are looking because they think I am a beautiful woman."
ALARMING FIGURE AUSSIES SPEND ON COSMETIC PROCEDURES
It is estimated Australians spend about $1 billion on up to 500,000 separate cosmetic procedures each year and receive more treatments per capita than Americans.
The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) predicts improved access to procedures and downward pressure on prices will make certain procedures even more ubiquitous but warns safety must be the priority.
ACCS medical dean Dr Ronald Feiner said cosmetic injectables should never be trivialised.
"Australians should be reminded that Botox and dermal filler procedures are medical treatments not beauty treatments and require a medical consultation by a doctor," Dr Feiner told news.com.au.
"Anyone considering cosmetic injectables needs to make sure their practitioner is experienced and has adequate procedures in case of an emergency. Patients need to be aware that complications such as tissue death (necrosis) and blindness can and do occur, so you want to be in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing."
Injections of Botox - the most popular aesthetic procedure since the late 1990s - were up 16 per cent last year from the year before, according to global figures.
Fillers were up 12 per cent over the same time frame. Both procedures require regular top-ups.
Vampire facials received significant attention in 2019 and are expected to attract more interest in 2020, according to ACCS.
The procedure involves reinjecting the patient's own blood, rich in platelets, to increase collagen and elastin production.
However, Dr Feiner also warns about basic injection hygiene.
"Problems occur when your practitioner gives you someone else's plasma, reuses needles and uses infected syringes. These unprofessional practices can lead to infections and even bloodborne diseases," he explained.
BRAZILIAN BUTT LIFT (BBL)
ACCS has warned against this procedure despite its growing popularity - a 19 per cent increase in procedures in 2019.
"The risk of death is about one in 3000 compared to liposuction which is about one in 30,000. Fat globules can enter the veins, they can reach the heart and cause a cardiac arrest," Dr Feiner warned.
Dr Feiner suggests consulting with a medical professional to determine the best methods to achieve the desired results. "Regardless, we do not advise any patients to get a BBL," he said.