Growing up in Brazil, Rodrigo Alves had a pretty typical childhood, but his adulthood has been anything but.
Watching Disney movies as a kid, he constantly found himself identifying with the handsome princes. There was just one problem. In his opinion, he looked nothing like a prince. He took matters into his own hands and decided to fix that.
Over half a million dollars, 58 surgeries, and 17 years later, he finally feels like he has the body he was always meant to have.
But what did he look like before all of that?
When Mattell first introduced the Ken doll in 1961, he was created to be Barbie's fictional boyfriend.
via: GettyMost people who look at a Ken doll see him as just that. He's just a toy. But when Rodrigo Alves looks at a Ken doll, he doesn't see "just a toy." Instead, he sees what he's always wanted to become.
So that's what he set out to do. Become a living, breathing Ken doll.he says, "but I finally love myself and that is the most important thing of all."
Obviously, Alves' current look didn't happen overnight.
The results are dramatic, but so is the amount of happiness Alves feels as a result.
So, what started Alves on the path to his current look?
Recently, Alves shared pictures of himself from his childhood and young adulthood.
via: YouTubeAs you can see, he was a pretty cute kid. In school, he was badly bullied for his looks. Once, bullies even pushed his face against a urinal because of how wide his nose was. Alves grew up watching Disney films and often found himself wishing he looked more like a Disney prince.
As he got older, he began the journey of making his outward appearance match his inward desires.
via: TwitterAlves sought out his first surgery at the age of 17 after being diagnosed with gynecomastia (enlargement of male breast tissue). He had an operation to remove the excess tissue, and knew at that point that it was the beginning of a long journey to reinvent himself.
Alves began seeking out more and more plastic surgery while he was away at college.
via: YouTubeAt first, he would just find the most expensive plastic surgeon in his area and use them. As a result, he learned an important (and expensive) lesson. "This taught me that expensive doesn't mean good quality, and that what makes a good surgeon is the practice," he says.
When the surgeries started, Alves' family grew concerned.
via: YouTubeWhen he flew home to Brazil, having already had several surgeries, his family was initially shocked to see his transformation. They encouraged him to see a psychologist. Alves attended therapy for a year and was diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. This is an anxiety disorder that causes people to see flaws or defects in their own appearance.