Life in plastic is fantastic for Justin Jedlica, a.k.a. the Human Ken Doll. But as he shares in an interview for Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now?, becoming a living doll was never his intention when he got the first of his 150 or so cosmetic procedures at age 18.
“20/20 called me the Human Ken Doll. It was meant to be cute and catchy,” the 33-year-old plastic surgery enthusiast explains in a clip from OWN’s Aug. 3 episode, referring to his October 2012 segment on the ABC show. “I think of it in a comical way. I don’t necessarily think I look like Ken. I never set out to look like a doll.”
Not that he’s complaining about the nickname. “All in all, the Ken Doll phenomenon for me has been a positive thing,” he says. “It’s something that’s given me a new purpose, and it looks as though it may give me a career. So I can’t really knock it. I’ll be called the Human Ken Doll forever.”
There are certainly worse things in life than people thinking he looks like Barbie’s main man. “It’s flattering,” Jedlica told the Daily Beast in April. “As a kid, you play with Ken dolls and kind of assume that is what a handsome guy is supposed to look like.”
His main inspiration, though, was Japanese anime manga. “I find that much more appealing in all honesty than a Ken doll,” he said at the time. “It’s sort of that over-stylized, cartoonish version of human form [that I like].”
Where Are They Now? airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
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