'It’s 25 years since
my first op and I’ve
no plans to stop'
Barbie Doll hits 57
|World record holder ... Cindy Jackson|
CINDY JACKSON has been nipped, tucked and sliced open more times than anyone else on the planet.
"I spend on average two weeks each year having surgery and recovering from it. I have to if I'm going to continue to hold back time," she says. "I'll only stop when I die, when they hammer that final nail into my coffin. As far as I'm concerned, this is only the anniversary of my first 25 years of surgery. I've got at least that many more to come."
The former pop singer first toyed with idea of changing her appearance when she came to London from Ohio in the US in 1977 to study fine art. She says: "From the age of six I knew I was a plain-looking girl and that it put me at a disadvantage compared to my far prettier classmates.
Changing faces ... Cindy has transformedherself since her first procedure 25 years ago
Cindy, who is single with no children, recalls: "A friend said that when I smiled my nose and chin looked as though they might touch. It made me feel ugly." Later, as an art student she learned that great artists such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci were successful because they knew how to create the perfect face.
She says: "They used very precise measurements and proportions — for example, they knew that the eyes needed to be so far apart and a certain distance from the chin. "I began to look at my own features and realised I wasn't pretty because my proportions were all wrong. I had a big nose and a prominent chin. My face didn't fit."
Cindy started looking at her reflection and imagining it as a lump of clay. "I'd see that if I could remould this, chisel away here and chip away there, I could become beautiful."
So when her late father, who was an inventor, left her £10,000 in 1987, she decided to spend it reinventing herself. Her wishlist included wider eyes, a smaller nose, high cheekbones, a more delicate jawline, perfect white teeth and fuller lips.
|Plastic fantastic ... Cindy says she will only stop having surgery when she dies|
During the last quarter-century Cindy has spent more than £62,000 on 52 surgical procedures, including five facelifts, jaw restructuring, a nose job, two eye-lifts, extensive liposuction and cheek implants. Around £20,000 more has gone on fillers and Botox injections. She says: "It would cost three times that in today's money. My first facelift cost me £1,500, you can't get one for less than £10,000 these days."
In 1989, two years after beginning her transformation, Cindy gave an exclusive interview to The Sun, after which she became a global celebrity. She says: "I got calls from publications and TV stations all over the world. I started charging for interviews and wrote two books — Living Doll and Image and Cosmetic Surgery Secrets. The proceeds funded more surgery. Suddenly Cindy Jackson became a worldwide brand.
"It took me 15 years to achieve everything on my wishlist. I booked in with the best surgeons on three continents, having operations in clinics in Australia, America and England.
In 1999, Cindy won her place in the book of Guinness World Records for having had the most cosmetic procedures. She has held it ever since.
She now acts as a cosmetic surgery consultant and has brought out her own skincare range and world's first HD makeup mirror. She says: "My experience has benefited patients all over the world. You can't start randomly changing things about yourself. It's a science and an art form."
Cindy says now she only has operations and procedures to maintain her youthful good looks.
She says: "I never intended to break records. I just want to be young and beautiful. I never want to look into the mirror and see a wrinkly old face staring back — and I don't think I will ever have to."