A Russian woman has blown more than £4,000 on 100 silicone injections to emulate cartoon diva, Jessica Rabbit, and have the world's biggest pout.
Kristina Rei, a 22-year-old from St Petersburg, believed her thin lips made her look ugly and thought looking like a cartoon character would make her more beautiful.
As far as Rei is concerned, the plan has worked and the transformation is a huge improvement. Well, it’s certainly huge.
She said: “I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy. Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street – like big lips – but I don’t care.
“I want to go more extreme. I want to look like a cartoon character. I am addicted to it, I love it.”
Envious of her sister’s full pout, Rei decided to take things several steps further.
She said: “My older sister Ira had beautiful, full lips and I loved Jessica Rabbit’s huge lips. She was my idea of the perfect woman.
“From the age of four I thought my lips seemed thinner than everyone else’s and I decided when I was quite young to get them enhanced.
“In Russia, you see adverts for silicone and Botox on TV all the time.”
But TV adverts were not Rei's only motivation. She was also bullied about her appearance at school.
She said: “My classmates called me ‘ugly’. They didn’t tease me because of my lips specifically – but I believed big, full lips would make me beautiful."
At the age of 17, Kristina went to a local beauty parlour for her first injection. Although the jabs cost £40 a pop and she admits they are “extremely painful” she says nothing will stop her.
She said: “The first one was extremely painful but I loved the result. I knew it was going to take a lot more injections before I had the sort of lips I wanted.
“After that I started having them regularly – the beauticians never seemed to be surprised when I turn up for more injections.”
Despite being taunted by strangers, Kristina insists that her trout pout has done wonders for her self-esteem.
“My big lips have helped boost my confidence. Even my parents are happy for me. They really don’t care about my appearance. Some of my friends have told me I shouldn’t go any bigger but I’m not satisfied yet.
“I know some people think I look ridiculous but I don’t care. Sometimes I like the attention I get like when people try to film me on their mobile phones. Some of the abuse has been hurtful – I’ve been told I look like a man but those people are idiots.”
The nail technician still insists that her enormous pout is too small and has every intention of inflating it further. Then next up on her beauty wish list is larger breasts, followed by a new nose shape and pointed elf-like ears.
She said: “Each injection hurts as much as the last. Fortunately I’ve never suffered with an infection or painful lips afterwards.
“Other than the way I look my lips haven’t had a big impact on my life so I’m definitely not going to stop now.
“I have no health concerns about what I’m doing. Nothing has gone wrong so far. I haven’t decided how big yet but they are definitely too small at the moment.
“When I can afford it I want to enlarge my breasts from a C-cup to a DD, change the shape of my nose and I want to make my ears pointed like an elf. It’s good to be different.”