2014 is turning out to be the year of the celebrity look alikes with people from all over the world going under the knife to look like their favorite stars. The latest is Claire Leeson who dropped a reported $30,000 in order to resemble reality star Kim Kardashian.
In an interview with ITV’s This Morning Essex, England resident Claire Leeseon explained just how much it costs to keep up with the Kardashians. Specifically, with plastic surgery to look more like Kim Kardashian.
The 24-year old spent $30,000 to look like Kim, crooning to the television show, “When I get my Kimmy on I feel like I’m unstoppable.”
Claire’s fascination with the Kardashians began in 2009, when she first tuned in to the family’s reality show, Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Claire says that she grew up with a negative self-image and was frequently called ugly in school. However, once Kim Kardashian became a celebrity, Claire began being compared to the curvey beauty.
“I was told every day that I was the ‘ugliest thing alive’ and I should kill myself,” Claire recalled of being bullied. “When I left school, friends would tell me that I had a resemblance to Kim. I watched [Keeping Up] and realized I had the same amount of siblings and that we have the same kind of arguments and things going on. I thought she was so beautiful and I really wanted to be like her.”
In order to look even more like her idol, Claire had her teeth whitened and her breasts surgically enhanced.
“I’ve had my teeth whitened, then I wanted my boobs enhanced,” Claire told ITV, adding that she had pictures of Kim and “explained to my surgeon that I wanted to look like this.”
Like the real Kim, Claire also undergoes other beauty treatments on a regular basis, spending thousand of dollars on spray tanning sessions and hair extensions and even sports padded underwear to give her a fuller booty, like Kim’s famous rear end.
Claire is even finding fame in a Kim-like fashion. Kim rose to fame after releasing a sex tape, following in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, while Claire has become an internet celebrity by posing for photos like Kim, fluttering her false eyelashes.
However, looking like Kim comes with a hefty pricetag. Kim is a notoriously big spender when it comes to taking care of herself with facials and cutting edge beauty treatments, but her family fortune allows her to afford it. On the other hand, Claire says that the cost of becoming Kim has left her in debt.
“My job doesn’t pay enough,” she said. “I’m in major debt. I say that I’m going to pay them but as soon as money comes in, I just think about getting my Kimmy on.”
According to Claire, looking more like Kim has made her more confident.
“I feel like no one can stop me and I can make something of myself,” Claire concluded. “I feel strong… and I feel that I have built enough confidence to love myself a little bit more.”none