A gay man who spent $8,000 on turning himself into a real life ken doll after years of being called ‘ugly’ has admitted that his drastic transformation has actually made his struggle find love even harder, because guys are so turned off by his ‘feminine’ appearance.
Christian Chavez, 29, a hairdresser and makeup artist from Chihuahua, Mexico, said after years of suffering from social anxiety and low self-esteem, he had multiple surgeries to fix his insecurities and turn himself into a human Ken doll.
Inspired by his fascination with the beauty of Ken, and being called ugly by homophobic bullies growing up, Christian decided to take matters into his own hands. And although he admits that most men don’t like to look at him now because he’s ‘too feminine,’ Christian said he isn’t bothered by it.
At just 19 years old, he had his first procedure – a non-surgical nose job, where fillers are injected into the nose to straighten and smooth its appearance.
After noticing the improvement, Christian went back two months later for lip fillers, and then again for filler in his chin and cheeks. Around six months later, he decided to get Botox injections in his face, followed by a rhinoplasty and a fat removal from his cheeks two years later.
After years of being called ‘ugly,’ a man decided to spend $8,000 on turning himself into a real life ken doll
Before his surgeries (left), Christian Chavez, 29, said he suffered from social anxiety and low self-esteem. But through his physical transformation, he has learned to ‘love himself’
At just 19 years old, he had his first procedure – a non-surgical nose job, where fillers are injected into the nose to straighten and smooth its appearance
The following year, he had a second rhinoplasty and a hair transplant, and then took a break from procedures to stop himself from going too far. He felt as if he was losing sight of the look he was after, and didn’t want to have any regrets.
In mid-2021, his desire for surgery kicked in again and he had a fox-eye procedure – where the eyes and eyebrow are elongated with medical threads.
Christian has spent around $8,000 on his surgeries, with each rhinoplasty costing around $2,000, and although some men are put off by his feminine look, he says it doesn’t bother him.
Now, Christian goes by Criss Ken Doll on social media and aims to show people that they can be truly happy when they find their own version of beauty and work to improve themselves.
‘When I was a kid, I used to be so insecure because I’m gay and I felt so ugly and out of place,’ said Christian.
‘As the years went on, I developed more insecurities. I started to suffer from social anxiety and panic attacks because I never felt accepted.
‘I was so afraid of everything, because I had no confidence in myself. As a Gemini, I’ve always been social, but at that point in my life, I just couldn’t relate to people.
After noticing the improvement, Christian – a hairdresser and makeup artist from Mexico – went back two months later for lip fillers, and then again for filler in his chin and cheeks
Around six months later, he decided to get Botox injections in his face, followed by a rhinoplasty and a fat removal from his cheeks two years later
The following year, he had a second rhinoplasty and a hair transplant. In mid-2021, he had a fox-eye procedure – where the eyes and eyebrow are elongated with medical threads
‘I wasn’t happy at all because I always felt judged by people around me.
‘I started to see celebrities changing their appearance through surgeries, so I decided to make some changes.
‘I started with fillers, because I was still young. I was 19, and my parents wouldn’t let me have a surgery at that age. I had fillers in my nose to make it look more symmetrical.
‘My nose had always been my biggest insecurity, so I couldn’t believe the results. I felt so much more secure in myself.
‘I started to get inspired by Ken dolls, because they’re so perfect, but they’re all different shapes and colors. I feel like beauty is whatever people want it to be. Everybody can be the Ken doll or the Barbie they want to be.
‘Soon after the nose filler, I had fillers in my lips, forehead, chin and cheeks. I started to get Botox every six months, then two years later, I had fat removal from my cheeks and a nose job.
‘I got a hair transplant as well, and then a year later, I had my second rhinoplasty. In between the surgeries, I was continuing to get fillers and Botox.
‘I took a rest for a while after that, because I was feeling a little lost about what I was looking for – but I couldn’t stop.
‘When I was a kid, I used to be so insecure because I’m gay and I felt so ugly and out of place,’ he said. Christian is pictured before his surgeries
He said he got inspired after he ‘saw celebrities changing their appearance through surgeries’
After getting his first procedure, Christian said he ‘couldn’t believe the results’ and right away, he ‘felt so much more secure in himself’
‘About three months ago, I had a fox-eye procedure, and that’s the last thing I’ve done.
‘I want to continue with fillers and Botox. My next surgery will be a rhinoplasty in a few months, because I want my nose to be a little smaller.
‘I want a full hair transplant to make my hairline more precise – maybe in a year.
‘I’ve never thought about getting body surgery, because I like to be fit and skinny rather than muscular.”
Despite still struggling with social anxiety, Christian has the full support of his family and claims that his surgical transformation has boosted his self-esteem.
‘Plastic surgery has helped my self-esteem,’ he continued.
‘I used to be insecure but now I feel like I can take on the world if I want to.
‘I love to look over the top and stand out from others. I like to look plastic, but in a good way, without crossing the line.
‘The best thing about the procedures has been my confidence. Every change I make is to make myself better. It makes me feel beautiful.
He said he was inspired by Ken dolls because ‘they’re so perfect’
Christian said he has the full support of his family and claims that his surgical transformation has boosted his self-esteem. He said: ‘Now, I feel like I can take on the world if I want to’
Although men don’t like to look at him because he looks ‘too feminine,’ Christian isn’t bothered by it. ‘I love myself. I work on my look for my own acceptance, not theirs,’ he explained
‘It’s strange at the beginning, because surgery is a big change. At first, you feel like you don’t recognize the person in front of the mirror. That’s why you need to be sure about every change you make to yourself.
‘Men don’t really like my look because I look “too gay” or “too feminine” but I’m not too bothered about it because I love myself. I work on my look for my own acceptance, not theirs.
‘I have quite a traditional family, but they always supported me because they knew about my insecurities. Some of my friends are really supportive, but others tell me that I should stop because I’m starting to look weird.
‘Through this journey, I’ve realized that I want to be the best version of myself. I want to shut out the people who bullied me in the past.
‘I want to spread the message that there are so many faces of beauty – and that’s okay. We’re all beautiful – all of us have insecurities, but that’s fine.
‘I’m not saying that everyone should get surgery, but if you think there’s something that you can change to make you feel better, do it for you. Don’t follow trends, find your own beauty.’