A blonde Barbie wannabe who was branded an airhead by bullies has had the last laugh – by getting two university degrees.
Charlotte Poole has spent thousands on breast implants, make-up and clothes to look like the iconic children’s doll.
The 22-year-old is as brainy as she is beautiful however, and recently celebrated achieving a first class Masters in Fashion Marketing and a 2:2 law degree from Nottingham University.
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Poole, whose refers to herself as Charlotte Elizabeth when she’s “in character” says she enjoys the look on people’s faces when she informs them of her qualifications.
She said: "For me it's fun being Charlotte Elizabeth. If I'm out with a corset on I will get attention from people saying horrible things to me as you would expect, saying I'm stupid or a slag, but because I know I'm not it makes me laugh.
"People are pretty surprised when they find out that I have a first class Masters degree. I don't make a point in telling people but if they find out it's so funny to see their reaction.”
While boyfriend Samuel Pyle prefers her when she’s fresh-faced and dressed down, Pool has vowed to keep up her hobby.
She said: ''I know Samuel prefers me dressed down - but I suppose that's the way he met me.
"We've been together for four years so he saw me 'normally' but within two weeks of being at university I got my boobs done. There are days that I will just have a hoodie and jeans on and no make-up but that's when I'm at home.
"He always says that his favourite 'me' is me without make up on and dressed down. I have had girls say that they hate me because of the way that I look and call me a slag or stupid or easy, but just because I look this way doesn't make me an idiot.
"Although when I see a girl look me up and down and think I must be stupid I quite like it because I know I can prove them wrong.
Poole began dressing up Barbie when she was 15. She said: "I loved Barbie dolls and I loved the Barbie Doll look after watching Melinda Messenger and Pamela Anderson on TV.
''I worried about the way I looked so I started wearing make-up and dressing up. I couldn't even go to the corner shop without wearing full make-up and it just went on from there.
"Now I just want to look good for me and I love nothing more than big smokey make up when I go out as Charlotte Elizabeth.
"I also have bright pink lips for the Barbie look of red for a more rock chick look.
“But I do know for the majority of the time it is totally inappropriate to dress that way so I save it only for certain occasions. I have toned her down a bit since I started dressing with this look."
Poole said: "When I have exams, Charlotte Elizabeth goes away. There is a time and a place to be glamorous. Education always comes first.
"I always make sure I go to job interviews or to work with my hair up with minimal make up and not looking like Pamela Anderson.
"Despite my look I take my work very seriously. I would love to get a nose job, veneers, maybe lip injections - and Botox when I get a few years older.
"But for now I am trying my best to tone down the Barbie within now I have my new job.''
Samuel said: "I've always preferred Charlotte first thing in the morning; fresh faced and with bed hair, probably because that's how she looked when we first met in student digs.
''A long term relationship can't be based on appearances alone, obviously I like the way she looks but we're together because we are best friends and intellectual equals."