In many ways, the Guinness Book of World Records is filled with a bunch of individuals who have way too much time on their hands and as a result, went the extra mile to become the best at something no one else cares about. While some of these records are somewhat silly and innocuous – I saw a group of 60 people drink out of the world’s largest shot-ski at a bar in Vail this winter – others are a bit more extreme.
I would say Cindy Jackson’s record fits into the extreme category. She holds the world record for the most plastic surgery procedures ever. Over the past 23 years, the 55-year-old woman has undergone 52 different plastic surgery procedures. Her tab for this insane amount of surgery has exceeded $100,000.
Are you all thinking what I am right now? That $100,000 could feed a lot of starving people in Africa!
Cindy’s list of plastic surgery procedures runs the gamut from minor non-surgical treatments to very invasive procedures, including:
- Blepharoplasty (twice)
- Facelifts (five of them)
- Knee lipo (that’s right, she’s even sucked fat out of her knees)
Remember, this is not an all-inclusive list. By my calculations, there are about 42 procedures that have been left off. Ouch. Talk about bruising.
I’m sure you all might be wondering what kind of person would subject her body to such a ridiculous amount of plastic surgery. Believe it or not, she’s a total wacko.
Cindy swears she doesn’t have low self-esteem, and she has never been bullied. Her primary reason for undergoing an average of 2.26 plastic surgery procedures a year for the past 23 years is to look good. She doesn’t want to grow old like the rest of us. Instead, she wants to retain a natural, youthful beauty well into her twilight years. I hate to break it to her, but it’s a bit late for that. She already looks a bit freakish for someone old enough to carry an AARP card.
Yet, unlike many other women who have been tempted by the Dark Side of the Force and succumbed to the corrupting powers of vanity, Cindy refuses to admit that her vice is a weakness. Instead, she has created an intellectual justification for her plastic surgery addiction:
“I was an art student and I had a very highly developed sense of aesthetics. Once I learned the rules of classic proportion and what really is attractive about a face from an artistic point of view (according to Da Vinci and Michelangelo),” she set out to alter her features to adhere to those rules. “We all have a template in our brains of what we consider attractive. So when we see a person walking down the street, within a split second we know.”’
Wow. I’m pretty speechless. I’ve never heard anyone claim they let the principles of Da Vinci and Michelangelo dictate how their face would be reconstructed. That’s just a tough pill to swallow. Besides the fact that their aesthetic sensibilities are approximately 500 years old (notions of style and beauty have certainly changed over the past few centuries), their depictions of beauty were artistic recreations by a human hand, not a realistic replica of what is actually possible based on genetics. Lucky for her she didn’t base her aesthetic standards on the work of Picasso. Otherwise, her face might have turned out like this:
Despite all of her ramblings about Renaissance artists and officially acceptable standards of aesthetics, Cindy is just a girl who wants to look good…and natural. “For me, the best result is one that looks natural. I wouldn’t ever want anyone to stop and stare at me and say, ‘That woman’s had a lot of surgery.’ I would never want to look like I’d had anything done.”
Well make up your mind lady. Do you want to look natural or do you want to look like the Mona Lisa? You can’t have it both ways. Besides, I think looking natural was rendered moot when she sought to look 20 years younger than she actually is. There is nothing natural about this woman.
Another interesting side note about Cindy Jackson is that she is a member of Mensa, an elite group that only accepts as its members people who score in the top 2% on IQ tests. In other words, she’s a genius. Or perhaps an idiot savant (emphasis on the idiot).
None of the articles and TV interviews I saw discussed her views on future procedures, but somehow I have a feeling that she will not stop at # 52. I foresee Cindy adding to her world record in the next few years. After all, humans are far from perfect. Cindy can get work done every year for the rest of her life and still find that her body doesn’t measure up to the scientific standards of beauty she aims to achieve. I’m just shocked that plastic surgeons are still willing to work on her. That seems to breach certain ethical codes in my opinion. This woman clearly needs a psychologist, not a plastic surgeon, to help her feel comfortable in her own skin.