When fans go too far to look like their idols

(L-R) Toby Sheldon and Justin Bieber. (Facebook/Reuters photo)

(L-R) Toby Sheldon and Justin Bieber. (Facebook/Reuters photo)

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:12 PM ET

What should we understand about the people who get plastic surgery to look as much as possible like their favourite celebrity?

Consider Toby Sheldon, a songwriter who has spent more than $100,000 on cosmetic surgeries to make himself look more like Justin Bieber. According to the New York Post, Sheldon will be featured on TLC's My Strange Addiction in January, sharing his Bieber obsession and telling all the world why he has spent a fortune to look like someone else.

Sheldon's curious pursuit began when he started to age. Justin Bieber's career was just getting started at the time, and the Canadian singer's youth and beauty, so the story goes, caught Sheldon's eye. He wanted to look like the pop star and has undergone dozens of operations to make it so: his eye shape has been altered, his chin reduced, his lips changed. He's had hair transplants and had his face injected with fillers and botox, all in the name of looking like the baby-faced singer. The NY Post claims Sheldon also has had liposuction and works out all the time, the better to be like the Biebs.

Weirdly, this guy is not alone. There are many examples of people who have gone under the knife to look like their idol, lead among them Octomom -- Nadya Suleman -- who is alleged to be trying to look like Angelina Jolie. Then there's the ultra-disturbing Myla Sinanaj, a woman who once dated Kris Humphries and who looks a little like Kim Kardashian. Last summer, Sinanaj announced that she would undergo all kinds of surgical fiddling to look more like the reality TV star.

"I'm obsessed with her body and want mine to be exactly the same," the photocopy hopeful told TMZ; they reported that one Dr. Matthew Schulman would perform $30,000 worth of liposuction and breast implants, among other procedures. The Kim wannabe was allegedly annoyed that her hard-core sex tape, which she announced would be her ticket to fame, left her being called the fat version of Kim Kardashian.

A woman named Miki Jay, who makes her living impersonating Michael Jackson, has had surgeries to ensure she looks as much like the late pop superstar as possible. Other regular folk have forked over big money to look like Ryan Gosling, Pamela Anderson or Demi Moore.

Should we even mention MTV's I Want A Famous Face? Fox's The Swan?

Believe it or not, in the new year you can watch Botched on E! -- a new show that features poor souls with disastrous plastic surgeries of one sort or another.

Variety reports that the show will feature Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif, the good doctors who will attempt to fix these people up with corrective plastic surgery to undo the damage of the initial plastic surgery; the British already have a show like this called Botched Up Bodies.

We can't help thinking that a head transplant might be the better solution to all of this.

You can't make this stuff up, people.


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