Facing up to this ugly obsession with perfection

Alicia Douvall
Alicia Douvall
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We’ve grown accustomed to the ever-changing face of one-time glamour model Alicia Douvall in gossip mags.

But on ITV’s This Morning on Tuesday she revealed a different one yet again. This time, a truthful, warts-and-all one. She confessed to being a cosmetic surgery addict (no way, José – REALLY?). But credit to her, she used her airtime to warn all women never to have a single op and to urge their daughters to be happy with their looks.

Anyone hung up about a bumpy nose or skinny lips should heed this woman, disfigured at 34 by an obsession which ran to 350 procedures costing £1.2 million.

She once took a Barbie doll to show surgeons exactly what she wanted to look like, had a rib shortened to give her a slimmer silhouette, her toes shortened ‘so they looked better in heels’, a tummy tuck, bottom implants, chin and cheek implants, a facelift, six nose jobs and 16 breast augmentations. She now has a face she can barely move and hasn’t ever been able to smile at her baby daughter (a little girl who must need a lot of cheering up, seeing as her mother’s called her Papaya).

She’s just undergone another op – to have all her implants removed in a last-ditch bid to save her looks. It involved breaking her nose and jaw – and cutting off her ears. If that makes you squeamish, do bear in mind such techniques are common cosmetic surgery procedures.

Alicia blames ‘predatory’ surgeons for ignoring signs of body dysmorphic disorder and turning her into ‘a walking sideshow’. She’s right; surgeons have a duty of care for patients suffering mental affliction. But women who gain ‘perfection’ via a scalpel push others to view their own characteristics as flaws. Ms Douvall was made a victim by other women. And good on her, she’s trying to buck the trend.