By Alyce Collins
THIS PLASTIC surgery addict says her body is a ‘CANVAS’ and has already spent over ONE-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTY-THOUSAND-POUNDS on perfecting her look – and even though her family fear her cosmetic obsession will KILL HER, she plans to spend at least another TWENTY-FIVE-THOUSAND-POUNDS and insists her looks don’t harm anyone.
IT support specialist, Kristen Snider (28) from Virginia, USA, always hated the reflection she saw in the mirror and wanted to change so much of her figure since she was a teenager. At 18 years old, Kristen’s frame was slim, but she desired feminine curves.
At school, Kristen was teased for her appearance and she had to learn not to care or pay attention to what other people thought of her. Kristen describes herself as always being ambitious, creative and a perfectionist – attributes which she credits for the incredible transformation of her look.
In March 2010, aged 18, Kristen underwent her first breast augmentation with 550cc implants to enhance her 32B chest. Her first surgery made Kristen feel so happy with her body and she cried with joy when she saw the results.
The positive results, along with the simple recovery, encouraged Kristen to want to do more with her body which she views as her very own canvas to create a perfect image from. Since 2010, Kristen has had over 20 cosmetic procedures, including a second breast augmentation with 1,500cc implants, rib removal, two bum lifts, bum implants, three rhinoplasties, cheek implants, forehead implants, fat removal and lip injections.
Kristen loves her body now and feels proud of what she and her surgeons have achieved so far. Although she still wants to have more procedures, Kristen’s family is not as pleased with her transformed look which she has spent more than £150K on already.
Kristen admits that she receives many stares when she is out in public however some people do criticise her sexual appearance. Kristen urges people to accept other people’s appearances as she says that if no one is getting hurt by her cosmetic surgeries, her choices should be respected.
“I was frequently made fun of in school and that forced me to learn to not care what other people think of myself and my choices,” said Kristen.
“Being a perfectionist, ambitious and creative is a quick way to become a plastic surgery addict.
“I never used to like what I saw in the mirror as I wasn’t happy with my body. I saw a lot that I didn’t like which I wanted to improve.
“When I was 18, I was fairly small chested with a 32B bra size. I wanted to have a fuller chest, so I had my first breast implants which were 550cc, costing £5,800.
“After surgery, I was so happy that I actually cried. It made me realise that if you’re smart about how you do it, you really can have almost anything done and achieve whatever look you want.
“My first breast augmentation was the gateway which helped me catch the bug for more plastic surgery. The recovery wasn’t bad, and it proved that what I wanted was possible. The image of the ideal body that I had in my head could be achieved.
“Two years after, I had a few procedures done to re-sculpt my face in June 2012. I had jaw contouring, chin contouring, a lip lift, rhinoplasty, cheek implants, forehead reshaping and a brow lift.
“My first Brazilian butt lift was in December 2015 and I had another butt lift in December 2018 and I then had 500cc bum implants put in too.
“I had a second rhinoplasty in January 2016, a second chin reshaping, jaw reshaping and a fat graft to my forehead in December 2017.
“I have also had three lip augmentations in 2018, the three ribs removed in October 2018 and my current 1500cc breast implants done in January 2019 and I am now a 28L.”
Kristen sees her body as a blank canvas she can alter to create the ‘ideal’ body she wants for herself. The many procedures have cost Kristen over £150K so far, but she hopes to have many more which could cost over £25K. These procedures include rib narrowing, hip implants, thigh implants and larger bum implants.
Although Kristen gets stared at while out in public, she wants people to respect her decision to create whatever look she wants because every individual has their own idea of beauty.
“I view my body as a canvas and surgery as the tool to achieve the image I have of myself in my head. I’ve always wanted extreme curves and I’m a very sexual person,” said Kristen.
“In the last nine years, surgery has opened the door for me to express myself through my image. I feel that if nobody is being hurt and you’re happy, then what we choose to do with our bodies should be respected.
“My family doesn’t like it as they’ve always been more conventional in what they consider attractive. They worry that one day this could kill me.
“I get lots of stares from men checking me out and sometimes from women as well. However, living in Virginia, where people are very conservative, I occasionally get nasty glances and side eyes. I’m used to it though as I have a very thick skin – you have to when you do this to your body.
“There are many procedures I’d still like to have in the future though. I’d like to have a rib narrowing procedure, implants in my hips and thighs, another breast augmentation to take me to 2500cc and more facial reshaping.
“I’m constantly learning about new procedures and adding them to my list, so I’m sure the list will continue to grow.
“We all have our own opinions on what is beautiful. We can’t try to push our ideals on others. I also believe that if you’re unhappy with something you should never settle, you should fight for a solution to make it work instead.
“Surgical techniques are always improving so there’s a way to change almost anything. I think we should all focus on growing and evolving. Most importantly, be accepting of other peoples’ choices. Be kind, all that matters is happiness.”
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