While most little girls received a stocking full of toys this Christmas, seven-year-old Poppy Burge got a £7,000 liposuction voucher from her mother. What's more, she was thrilled with her gift.
"I put the voucher in her stocking - there's nothing wrong with that. She asks for surgery all the time. She wants to look good and liposuction is one of those procedures that will always come in handy," Poppy’s mum, Sarah Burge, told Closer magazine.
This isn't the first time Poppy has received a plastic surgery voucher from her mum. The first was a £6,000 breast implant voucher to be redeemed when she turns 16, presented to her on her seventh birthday. If she develops naturally large breasts in the meantime, she'll be free to use her voucher to "correct" something else, promises her mother.
"Poppy begged me for a boob job, so I gave her the voucher so she can have it when she’s 16 and it's legal,” Sarah explains. “I can't wait to be like Mummy with big boobs. They're pretty," adds Poppy.
Unsurprisingly, Poppy's mother, Sarah, is no stranger to the surgery's knife herself. The plastic surgery addict has had over £500,000 worth of 'MOT' surgery including a facelift, liposuction and bottom implants to top up her existing £25,000 worth of work, earning herself the ‘Human Barbie’ name tag.
"I see these vouchers as investing in her future - like saving for her education," Sarah adds, matter-of-factly. "I think it's right that young people should have a 'plastic surgery pension' so they can correct things as they get older."
Mrs Burge, who runs a swingers' club with her husband Tony, hosts plastic surgery parties and has also released an autobiography called, The Half A Million Pound Girl. She has two other daughters Charlotte, 27 and Hannah, 17, and a stepdaughter, Jazzy, who have all had Botox and are planning more surgery in the near future.
"Some people think it's controversial and I get angry when strangers say I'm a bad mother because I don't think there's any harm in giving her this gift," says Sarah, defending her plastic surgery gift.
"Poppy is a normal kid who is good at sports and loves playing outside. She lives in a household of plastic surgery, so she knows surgery's important to look good. She might want to be a glamour model when she grows up.
"Girls don't want Snow White and Cinderella any more. They want to be WAGs and famous like Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga. I'm just supporting her and making her dreams come true. Looks are a big part of how our futures pan out - there shouldn't be a stigma around wanting to look good," Sarah adds.
The full story is available in this week's Closer magazine, out now.