Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Flesh or Plastic: the Human Ken Doll

One of the fun parts of traveling is meeting interesting and unusual people. People you would not have met if you stayed home. Sometimes you meet important leaders: politicians, executives, and activists. Sometimes it is a performer, artist, or writer. And on other occasions, it is just an unusual, different kind of person. A number of years ago we did a Caribbean gay cruise. On this small ship cruise there was this stunning looking guy, Justin Jedlica. It was obvious he had some cosmetic surgery done. We didn’t have a chance to socialize much with him during the cruise except for an evening dinner at the end of the cruise. We had a delightful conservation with him and his traveling companion. The evening was spent talking about families, traveling and seeing Broadway shows. We found that our first impression of him were wrong. We assumed he would be a stuck-up, twinky, drama queen. Instead we found him to be sincere, engaging and friendly. Several years later we bumped into him on a New York street corner while we were walking back from a Broadway show. He was just as friendly in our 10-minute street corner conservation as he had been at dinner several years before.

Last month I happened across a series of stories about him on the Internet. He has a new business he is promoting. He is offering his services as a plastic surgery consultant. Justin has had over 100 cosmetic procedures done on him. Some of the work he has had includes: rhinoplasty, chest implants, shoulder implants, bicep implants, triceps implants, brow shaving and lifts, cheek augmentations, subpectoral implants, thigh implants, gluteoplasty, lip augmentations and calf implants.

These days he is marketing himself under the moniker “the Human Ken Doll” in various media appearances and write-ups. In several profiles, he says that the “Ken” nickname wasn’t his idea. It came from in a 20/20 that set him as a matching counterpoint to a female model that was promoting and impersonating herself as a real-life Barbie doll.

I wish him well. It can’t be easy trying to make a career out of your passion for plastic surgery.

Justin’s website and several stories:
Justin Jedlica http://justinjedlica.com/index.html
The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/15/justin-jedlica-the-human-ken-doll.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_morning&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_morning&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet
Us Weekly: http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/human-ken-doll-justin-jedlica-five-things-to-know-2014164

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