As much as the social order tries to push the message that everyone should just be themselves, there are still a handful of individuals out there who would give absolutely anything to be somebody else. Some folks achieve this simply by changing their wardrobe, others embark on a bit of a style change-up – maybe a new haircut or some different makeup methods – and a few very committed persons opt for surgery.
Of course, a person’s decision about what they look like should be theirs and theirs alone, so I don’t want to judge anyone. However, some people’s choices are a little more, um, eccentric than others.
Take Claudia Sierra, for example. The 42-year-old Texan lady spent many years trying to feel contented in her own skin, and now it seems that she might have finally found a look that feels right for her… But she lent it from none other than Melania Trump.
Sierra’s choice to undergo surgery came in November 2016, when she went on a date with a man who believed she was lying about her age. He even asked to see her driving license because he was swayed that she was older.
“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Sierra said. “I was 41 years old and I decided that I have to change everything about me.”
So, without wasting any time at all, she got in touch with a surgeon and requested breast reconstructions, a nose job, Botox, fillers, liposuction, a Brazilian buttock lift, an eyelid lift, and injectable treatments. The original price she was quoted for all of this was between $50,000 and $70,000 – but she couldn’t afford it, so she had to turn it down.
A few months later, though, the surgeon offered her the operations at a lower cost; and, without a second thought, she snapped up the chance to change practically every recognizable feature she had.
The nine procedures took 10 hours in total to perform, and – despite the cost and the pain – Sierra says she’s happy with the result.
Her choice to model herself after the First Lady was about more than just looks, too. “[Melania Trump] holds her head up high. She’s still going out there,” she said. “She’s not hiding. I don’t feel like I need to hide.”
Yet, she still hasn’t managed to bag a date with her new look, and the criticism she’s received hasn’t all been positive, either. “I’m labelled as that sick girl, but I’m not. I’m a healthy, happy person,” she claims. “I’m not mentally unstable. I knew what I wanted to do for me. Unfortunately, we don’t know how long we have here, so while I’m here, I wanted to be happy and I wanted to shine.”
And this is what she looks like now:
Sierra also knows that surgery isn’t the answer for everybody. While it has helped her to regain her self-assurance and overcome some personal issues that were troubling her, she accepts that altering a person’s appearance won’t change who they are on the inside.
In the end, though, if Sierra is better-off with herself now, I think that’s pretty much all that matters.